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British Forum for Ethnomusicology, Annual Conference 1997
Limerick, March 1997


British Forum for Ethnomusicology Annual Conference 1997 At The Irish World Music Centre, The University of Limerick 21-23 March 1997 DIASPORAS
What happens to music, musicians and musical instruments "out of place"? And how should ethnomusicologists respond? Paper givers may wish to address the following more specific issues: 1. How do musicians, musical instruments and the sounds they make acquire significance in diasporic conditions? Why does music hold such a privileged place in the diasporic imagination? How are images of exile, journey, home and return constructed through musical performance? In what ways might diasporic music itself be considered a "place", traversed or disrupted by movement? To what extent might diasporas consist of, or through, music? 2. How does diasporic music making impact on musicians at home? How do musicians manage the conflicting demands of varied diasporic and "host" communities? How are diasporic musicians implicated in processes of globalization and nationalism, and what are the consequences of this? How has the music industry intervened in diasporic music making (for example, through "World Music")? 3. How does the concept of diaspora affect the traditional practices and ethnographic techniques of ethnomusicologists? And in what ways are ethnomusicologists in an advantageous position to intervene in other disciplinary discussions on the subject? Papers addressing Paul Gilroy's Black Atlantic (Verso 1993), James Clifford's "Traveling Cultures" in L. Grossberg et al, Cultural Studies (Routledge 1992), and Mark Slobin's Subcultural Sounds (Wesleyan University Press 1993) will be particularly welcome. 4. What processes of education and transmission are peculiar to diasporic communities? In what ways do the practices and outlook of diasporic musicians provide an opportunity for educationalists in the wider community? How should educationalists respond to the variety of diasporic musics which exist within, and transform, the wider community outside schools and universities? ********* There will be a session devoted to work in progress. Papers on dance and Irish Tradtional music relating to the theme of diasporas will also be particularly welcome. Abstracts should be sent by e-mail (if at all possible) to Malcolm Floyd no later than 1 February 1997. For early details concerning travel and accomodation, contact local organisation. There will be a number of bursaries available for students giving papers; applications should include one letter of reference, and be sent to Martin Stokes. Martin Stokes Department of Social Anthropology The Queen's University of Belfast Belfast, Northern Ireland Tel.: +44-1232-245133 (ext. 3740) E-mail: (Treasurer) Malcolm Floyd (Programme Chair) King Alfred's College Sparkford Road Winchester SO22 4WR, UK Tel.: +44-1962 842280 E-mail: Sandra Joyce and Niall Keegan (Local Organisation) Irish World Music Centre University of Limerick, Irish Republic Tel.: +353-61-202590 E-mail: