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Between Folk and Popular: The Liminal Spaces of the Vernacular
British Forum for Ethnomusicology Annual Conference

International Centre for Music Studies, Newcastle University, UK, April 18-21, 2007

The International Centre for Music Studies at Newcastle University is
pleased to host a BFE Conference for the first time.
Salwa El-Shawan Castelo Branco (Universidade Nova de Lisboa)
Philip V. Bohlman (University of Chicago)
Deadline for receipt of abstracts: 15th January, 2007
If it is true that ³the ethnographic Other is now fully plugged in, and
the ethnomusicologist is no longer the only person in the field with
high-tech equipment² (Lysloff and Gay, Jr.); that the differences between
world and traditional folk musicians have collapsed, and for many of them
³the local marketplace and the global market are at some level the same²
(Bohlman); then it is probably time (again) to think to what extent, ³on
the level of scholarship ­ within cultural studies, subcultural theory,
ethnic studies, and ethnomusicology ­ the music [still] features within
grids of distinction and political position clearly indebted to older
discourses in folkloristics, anthropology and Romantic Kulturkritik²
(Middleton). In the light of this, how does ethnomusicology consider new
vernacular and post-vernacular musics? Is the difference between folk and
popular still valuable, or even necessary? It is probably time (again) to
question the extent to which ethnomusicological theory is now responding
to the always changing process of the ³stratification of [musical] codes,
each one in a state of constant change and adaptation, each one recognized
and owned by several communities (or sub-communities) with different
degrees of competence, and sometimes in conflict with each other²
We welcome papers and panels on the following themes, although these
should not be taken as exclusive:
- Ethnomusicological theories and processes of categorization
- Folk music and popular music revisited: distinctions, overlaps and
- Ethnomusicology of new vernacular and post-vernacular musics
- Folk music performance on the contemporary stage
- Tradition and new authenticities
- Is 'World Music¹ dead? (After rock, jazz, and punk, is it time for
  another kind of 'funeral¹?)
- Different histories of/in ethnomusicology
- Genre and/or style studies

The official 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 email (rtf. files), by 15th January 2007 at the latest,
to the local organiser, Dr Goffredo Plastino, to whom other enquiries may
also be addressed. Abstracts should clearly display the knowledge of
previous research, and should indicate both ethnographic and theoretical

Abstracts will be evaluated anonymously by a small panel, and authors may
expect to be advised of their acceptance or otherwise by 20th February
2007. To permit blind evaluation, please type the title of the paper and
the body of the abstract at the top of the page (left alignment), and your
name and institutional affiliation in the bottom left-hand corner. Do not
include your name in the body of the abstract.
NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE is easily accessible by rail and well served for
overseas visitors by Newcastle International Airport. For delegates
requiring overnight accommodation there is a range of options within easy
walking distance. Booking details and additional information will be
available on February 2007 on the conference website
Dr Goffredo Plastino
International Centre for Music Studies
Newcastle University
Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7RU, UK
Tel.   +44-(0)191-222-3578
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