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Ethnomusicology and Authenticity, British Forum for Ethnomusicology
London, November 2002


CALL FOR PAPERS

BFE AUTUMN ONE-DAY CONFERENCE

ETHNOMUSICOLOGY AND AUTHENTICITY

NOVEMBER 9TH 2002


The autumn one-day conference of the British Forum for Ethnomusicology
will be held at Goldsmiths College, University of London, on Saturday
November 9th 2002.  The theme for the day will be 'ethnomusicology and
authenticity'.

Although this is intended to be a broad theme which may be subject to a
variety of interpretations, possible areas for consideration are outlined
below:

* Authenticity in non-notated musics.  How are received notions of 
  performance practice generated when no obvious musical text is present,
  and how do such notions inform musical discourse surrounding a
  particular tradition?
* Musical contestation within the performance event.  Who decides what in 
  relation to musical performance, and how are such issues negotiated
  during the performance itself?
* Ideological clashes in 'world music' events.  How does 'authentic' 
  performance arise when there is neither text nor explicit tradition to
  fall back on, and how is this negotiated?
* Historically-informed performance.  How are historical performance styles 
  in genres other than western art music generated or reproduced, and what
  is the significance of this notion of history to the participants?
* Authenticity and western art music.  Conventional musicological discourse 
  on authenticity and performance practice usually focuses on the western
  art music tradition. How might ethnomusicological approaches usefully 
  illuminate this discourse, or the musical styles and performances to
  which it usually applies?

Potential contributors are invited to submit abstracts of up to 300 words
to the conference convenor, Stephen Cottrell, either by email at:

s.cottrell@gold.ac.uk

or by post to:

Stephen Cottrell
Music Department
Goldsmiths College
Lewisham Way
New Cross
London
SE14 6NW
UK

The deadline for submissions is July 30th, and contributors will be
advised by late August.

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Dr. Stephen Cottrell
Thames Valley University
Delta Saxophone Quartet