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Music and Travel
British Forum for Ethnomusicology Annual One-Day Conference

University of Manchester, UK, Saturday 2nd December 2006


Deadline for receipt of abstracts: 1st September 2006

The Martin Harris Centre for Music and Drama at the University of
Manchester is pleased to host a BFE conference for the first time.
Manchester is easily accessible by rail and well served for overseas
visitors by its international airport. For delegates requiring overnight
accommodation there is a range of options within easy walking distance.
Joscelyn Godwin wrote in the second volume of Early Music (Jan. 1974):
"Living in our time, we do well to holiday in saner ages. ... music is an
excellent vehicle for such voyages." In our present era of The Rough Guide
to World Music, BBC Radio 3's World Routes, Andy Kershaw, WOMAD and the
Festival in the Desert, music has become ever more closely associated with
travelling to other places (saner or otherwise). The conference will
explore music's association with travel, broadly interpreted. Questions to
be addressed may include, but will not necessarily be restricted to, the

- 	What role does musical description play in travellers' accounts?
- 	How far do people travel to experience music?
- 	To what extent does music fuel a desire for other places?
- 	How is music promoted by local or national agencies as a tourist
-      	What part does music play in cultural tourism/economic regeneration
- 	In what ways does music enable or aid travel?
- 	What kind of music features in travel documentaries and what role
	does it play? 
- 	What kinds of music do we listen to, or are we subjected to, whilst
- 	What part does the promise of travel play in musicians' 
-      	How well does music itself travel?
-      	Can music be a substitute for literal travel?
-      	How does music facilitate travel in a virtual or metaphorical 
-      	What is the power of music to transport?
The working language of the conference will be English. Papers should last
no longer than 20 minutes, including audio and visual illustrations.
Abstracts (up to 250 words, plus a note of audio-visual requirements)
should be sent by 1st Sept. at the latest to the local organiser, Dr
Caroline Bithell, to whom other enquiries may also be addressed.
Submission by email is preferred. Abstracts will be evaluated anonymously
by a small panel and authors may expect to be advised of their acceptance
or otherwise by 20th Sept. Booking details will be available at
approximately the same time. Additional information will be posted on the
BFE website as it becomes available. See
Conference organiser: Dr Caroline Bithell, Music, Martin Harris Centre for
Music and Drama, University of Manchester, Coupland Street, Manchester M13
Tel.   +44 (0)161-275-3346
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