RMA AGM and Dent Medal Study Day (In honour of Martin Stokes)

On 17 September 2011, the Royal Musical Association will hold a study day in honour of Martin Stokes, 2010 winner of the association’s Dent Medal. The day will feature papers on topics inspired by Martin’s work, and will incorporate the RMA AGM, the Dent Medal Lecture and the presentation of the Dent medal.

Location: Institute of Musical Research, G22/26, Senate House, London

Times: 10am to 5pm.
The RMA AGM will take place at lunchtime.


Dent Medal Lecture

The day will cullminate in the presentation of the Dent Medal followed by the Dent Medal Lecture. This will be given by Martin Stokes, 2010 recipient of the Dent Medal.

Martin Stokes is University Lecturer in the Faculty of Music, University of Oxford, and Fellow and Tutor of St John’s College. He previously taught at Queen’s University, Belfast (1989-1997) and the University of Chicago (1997-2007).

His research areas are primarily in ethnomusicology and the anthropology of music, with particular emphasis on social and cultural theory. He is also an organist and qanun player. Much of his work has involved the study of music of the Middle Eastern and Islamic world. He has recently published The Republic of Love: Transformations of Intimacy in Turkish Popular Music (University of Chicago Press, 2010), and is currently working on an introduction to the music of the Middle East for Prentice Hall, as well as a survey of theoretical developments in ethnomusicology (co-authored with Martin Clayton) for Oxford University Press.

His previous publications include The Arabesk Debate: Music and Musicians in Modern Turkey (1992), Ethnicity, Identity and Music: The Musical Construction of Place (1994), and (co-edited with Philip Bohlman) Celtic Modern: Music Making at the Global Fringe (2004). His article ‘Music and the Global Order’, Annual Reviews in Anthropology, 33 (2004), was awarded the Jaap Kunst Prize in 2005 by the Society for Ethnomusicology.