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6–8 January 2016


School of Music, Bangor University, Bangor, Wales

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‘Disciplines in Dialogue’: a multidisciplinary conference for students involved in all kinds of music research

Bangor University, 6-8 January 2016

The School of Music at Bangor University is pleased to host the first Research Students’ Conference to be held jointly by the British Forum for Ethnomusicology and Royal Musical Association.

The conference seeks to represent the entire range of current music research being undertaken by graduate students around the world. The diversity and richness of this work will be illustrated at the conference through presentations in areas such as ethnomusicology, historical musicology, practice-led research and performance, music analysis, music psychology, composition, popular music studies and more.

Highlights for the 2016 BFE/RMA Research Students’ Conference include:

  • More than 80 student contributors from across the UK and the rest of the world.
  • The Jerome Roche Lecture by Nanette Nielsen (University of Oslo): ‘The work of musicology in the age of cultural reproduction’.
  • BFE keynote lecture by Keith Howard (SOAS): ‘The future of our musical pasts’.
  • Research training and career development panels on publishing, careers outside academia, fieldwork and a NAMHE-led session on issues in higher education, with speakers from across the UK
  • Performance masterclasses with pianist Sholto Kynoch (founder and Artistic Director of the Oxford Lieder Festival).
  • Display of the Peter Crossley-Holland Collection of Pre-Columbian Instruments.
  • Free evening concerts with ElectraocusticWales, Okeanos and Sholto Kynoch, featuring the work of student composers and performers.
  • 10- and 20-minute individual papers on topics ranging from opera in nineteenth-century New Orleans to jazz-rock fusion in the 1970s, from the transmission of South African choral music to gestural devices in electroacoustic music, from the Maltese guitar to Schubert’s reception in interwar Austria.
  • Workshops for electroacoustic and instrumental composers led by PAndrew Lewis and the acclaimed Okeanos ensemble.
  • Lecture-recitals covering repertoire ranging from eighteenth-century guitar music to Xenakis.
  • Poster displays on topics including music and sexual identity, the psychological impact of performance environments and the work of ethnomusicologist Peter Crossley-Holland.
  • Exhibitions by leading academic publishers of books and other materials.
  • A drinks reception sponsored by Routledge Taylor & Francis Group.
Plenty of opportunities for students to network and socialize with their peers and senior academics.

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