Welcome from Barley Norton, Chair of the BFE

The British Forum for Ethnomusicology (BFE) aims to advance the study of human musical life in all its full richness and diversity.

We provide a forum for engaging in debate and sharing the findings of research through our many conferences and study days and through the publication of our journal Ethnomusicology Forum, in association with Routledge.

We offer awards to recognize outstanding scholarship, including the BFE Book Prize and grants and prizes for student members.

If you would like to keep in touch with BFE news, activities and events please join our email list and follow our social media site

Membership is open to anyone interested in the study of music and dance from all parts of the world. If you are interested in becoming a BFE member please click here for information about the benefits of membership.

Thanks for visiting our website and please contact us if you would like to know more. 

 


BFE One-day conference 2014. City University (photo by Peter Hudston)

 

British Forum for Ethnomusicology News

Exciting news! As part of implementation of a new and comprehensive integrated website and membership system to be rolled out in stages, we need to migrate the website.  This starts from Wednesday the 24th of February, and although the website will be back very shortly, there will be temporary inconvenience for users who want to log in to the Members section. Please accept our apologies, we will be communicating further to keep you informed of the progress. This move will bring substantial long-term benefits both for the organisation and the membership. 

 

 

2016 BFE Committee Elections – Student Liaison

The British Forum for Ethnomusicology is seeking nominations for the position of ‘Student Liaison’ on the BFE committee. This is an important position in the organisation, providing a valuable link to our student membership while offering significant professional experience to the successful candidate.

It is expected that you are a current BFE member, a graduate student resident in the U.K. (preferably undertaking a PhD), and that your term will last for two years from April 2016.

In order to stand for election you must be nominated by a BFE member (other than yourself) and your nomination must also be seconded by another BFE member.

Responsibilities include:

  • attending 2-3 BFE committee meetings each year;
  • staying in email contact with the committee;
  • liaising between the student membership and the BFE committee;
  • helping to organise the annual BFE/RMA graduate student conference (this involves attending 3 conference committee meetings and the conference itself each year)
  • helping to organise other events;
  • liaising with student representatives from other learned societies;
  • sourcing and updating information on the BFE website about ethnomusicology provision in UK higher education.

The role averages approximately two hours per week, though some times are substantially busier than others. All positions on the BFE committee are on a voluntary basis but related expenses such as travel are paid by the BFE or the local arrangements committee of the BFE/RMA graduate student conference.

If you wish to stand for election you must send a proposal of no more than a single side of A4, which will be forwarded to the BFE membership prior to online voting. The proposal should include:

  • your name;
  • your institution;
  • the names of two BFE members, one who has agreed to nominate you and one who has agreed to second the nomination;
  • a statement outlining why you think you are the right person for the position of ‘Student Liaison.’

It is recommended that applicants not be absent from the country for long periods during the time in post. However, if any significant absences due to fieldwork etc. are foreseen, please provide details of how duties will be carried out during this time. If the liaison is unable to see to responsibilities personally during the term, the appointed student liaison would be expected to find a deputy.

Nominations must be emailed to the BFE Chair, Barley Norton (chairatbfe.org.uk) by midnight on Monday 7 March.

Should you have any enquiries, please email the current Student Liaison, Lyndsey Hoh (Lyndsey.hohatmusic.ox.ac.uk) about the role, or our administrator Fiorella Montero Diaz (adminatbfe.org.uk) regarding the application process.

 

 

The main tasks of the Conference Liaison Co-Officer include:

  • Being responsible for organizing specific BFE conferences, study days and other events in conjunction with the other Conference Liaison Officer (post currently held by Dr Byron Dueck) and local conference arrangement committees.
  • Contributing proactively to BFE strategies and initiatives, especially in regard to conference activities and the BFE conference handbook.
  • Providing oral reports on conference activities at BFE committee meetings (2-3 BFE Committee meetings are held each year).
  • Contributing to the written report on past conference activities as part of the annual Chair’s Report.
  • Engaging in regular email communication with the Committee.

Please email an expression of interest with a brief CV to B.Nortonatgold.ac.uk by FRIDAY 12 FEBRUARY 2016. The Conference Liaison Co-Officer would be a member of the BFE Committee and the standard term of service is three years. Once expressions of interest are received it will be necessary for candidates to stand for election to the Committee.

Barley Norton,

Chair, British Forum For Ethnomusicology

 

 

BFE Fieldwork Grants

The British Forum for Ethnomusicology (BFE) is pleased to announce the launch of a fieldwork grant scheme.

 

Purpose of the Grants

The BFE Fieldwork Grants are intended to support doctoral candidates conducting ethnomusicological field research in the UK and abroad through making a contribution towards the costs of travel and subsistence. Up to 3 grants collectively totalling up to £1500 will be awarded for the 2016 scheme.

 

Eligibility

The BFE Fieldwork Grants scheme is open to all students enrolled on a PhD programme at a university in the UK who are conducting ethnomusicological research. Applicants must also be a student member of the BFE at the time of application for the scheme. Only one application per person is permitted and fieldwork must start during 2016.

 

Criteria

The criteria of evaluation are: the quality, originality and significance of the research and its potential contribution to ethnomusicological knowledge, theory and debate; the feasibility and importance of the fieldwork for achieving the stated research aims and outcomes; the need of the applicant, i.e. the likelihood of the applicant being unable to obtain fieldwork funding from other sources. There is no preference for particular geographical areas or topics.

 

Application Procedure

To make an application, the following should be submitted:

  1. A letter addressing the grant criteria. The letter should also provide a clear indication of: the fieldwork schedule; the expected costs; the amount of funding requested from the BFE scheme; and other sources of research funding received and/or applied for. The letter must not exceed 2 pages in length.
  2. A short CV, not exceeding 1 page in length.
  3. A short reference letter, not exceeding 1 page in length, in support of the application from the applicant’s PhD supervisor.

Applications must be sent in electronic form by email to Barley Norton, Chair of the British Forum for Ethnomusicology at: b.nortonatgold.ac.uk. Supervisors may wish to send their reference letter by email directly to the Chair.

 

Application Deadline and Decision Notification

Applications must be submitted by email by the end of Friday 11 December 2015. Applications will be evaluated by a BFE panel and applicants will be informed of the outcome of the awards by Monday 18 January 2016. The decision of the panel is final, and the BFE regrets that it is unable to provide feedback on applications and decisions made by the panel. 

 

Payment of Grants for Successful Applications

Successful applicants must liaise with the BFE Treasurer (bfetreasureratgmail.com) before grants are disbursed. Payment will be made via bank transfer.

 

Post-Award Reports

Successful applicants are requested to submit a short fieldwork report – up to 500 words in length, accompanied by other media materials if appropriate – within 3 months after the completion of the fieldwork. Fieldwork reports are likely to be made public on the BFE website, social media etc. Grant awardees may also be requested to do a short presentation about their fieldwork at BFE meetings such as the AGM. Any publications resulting from the fieldwork should acknowledge receipt of a BFE Fieldwork Grant.

 

 

Dear BFE members,

Following the call for nominations for election to the BFE Committee, I would like to update you on the new membership of the Committee.

I’m delighted to announce that Ilana Webster-Kogen and Liam Barnard are joining the Committee, and that five existing committee members are extending their terms for another term, namely Hettie Malcomson, Noel Lobley, Keith Howard, Amanda Villepastour, and Byron Dueck. I very much look forward to working with all of you over the coming years.

Two committee members, Anna Morcom and Henry Stobart, have come to the end of their terms and are standing down. On behalf of the committee, I would like to extend my sincere thanks to both Anna and Henry for the invaluable contribution they have made to the BFE.

Further details of the Committee nomination process are outlined below:

-       Six proposals were received in response to the call for nominations to the BFE Committee. These six proposals - from Ilana Webster-Kogen, Hettie Malcomson, Noel Lobley, Keith Howard, Amanda Villepastour, and Byron Dueck – can be read in the pdf document attached.

-       As the six proposals received did not exceed the number of Committee places available, voting was not required and all six nominated candidates are deemed to have been elected (see Rule 7ii of the BFE constitution, http://www.bfe.org.uk/constitution).

-       In addition to the six nominations, the Committee has co-opted Liam A. Barnard as the convener for the 2016 BFE annual conference at the University of Kent. Please also see the written statement from Liam A. Barnard in the document attached.

-       Following this nomination process, the Committee has the full complement of 12 members, with 8 elected members and 4 co-opted members.

Barley Norton

Chair, British Forum for Ethnomusicology

 

 

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