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BETWEEN FOLK AND POPULAR: THE LIMINAL SPACES OF THE VERNACULAR
British Forum for Ethnomusicology Annual Conference 2007

PROGRAMME

This is the DEFINITIVE version of the conference programme. You can also download the programme (pdf.) here.

Wednesday 18 April
ICMuS

10:00 onwards
Registration > MUSIC COMMON ROOM

12:30
Welcome > Ian Biddle, Head of ICMuS > ROBERT BOYLE LECTURE THEATRE

13:00
Lunch > RECITAL ROOM

14:00
Session 1A: Processes of musical change in the Iberian Peninsula
LECTURE ROOM 2 > Chair: Ian Biddle
Susana Sardo & Jorge Castro Ribeiro
Village with Traditions: Searching, learning and training for authenticity in contemporary Portugal
Roshan Samtani
Contemporary flamenco guitar performance: A case study in musical change
Francisco Bethencourt-Llobet
Contemporary flamenco: Lost in translation between folk and popular music

Session 1B: ‘Folk’ music performance on the contemporary stage
CETL SEMINAR ROOM > Chair: Vic Gammon
Pete Wilby
Regulating the amateur: traditional music and cultural control
Simon Keegan-Phipps
The collision of worlds in Hall 2: ‘Arlo’ by Tom Oakes

15:30
Tea/coffee > RECITAL ROOM

16:00
Session 2A: Different histories
LECTURE ROOM 2 > Chair: Richard Elliott
Kristin McGee
Swinging the classics, Hazel Scott and Hollywood’s racial-musical matrix
Christian Spencer Espinoza
Ubiquitous, representative, national and transgressor: the folk-popular Zamacueca in Chile in the middle XIXth century
Eoghan Neff
‘Banish Misfortune’: Edward Cronin and post-famine fiddling of Ireland

Session 2B: Processes of musical change in Scotland
CETL SEMINAR ROOM > Chair: Ian Russell
Cheryl A. Tobler
Musical codes in Scottish Traveller ballads: Maintenance and survival of a musical tradition
Frances Wilkins
Let the lower lights be burning: the development of gospel singing in the fishing communities of North-East Scotland
Simon McKerrell
Modern Scottish bands (1970-1990): ‘Cash as authenticity’

17:30
Tea/Coffee > RECITAL ROOM


Thursday 19 April
ICMuS

09:00
Session 3A: Devotional musics and new authenticities
LECTURE ROOM 2 > Chair: Tony Langlois
Jaime Jones
Making little great: the musical mobility of an Indian devotional
vernacular
Hwee-San Tan
Sounds of the Human World: the new authentic sounds of global Buddhist liturgy?

Session 3B: Global and local world musics
CETL SEMINAR ROOM > Chair: Goffredo Plastino
Britta Sweers
The different layers of global perception: World music and the music of the Baltics and Tatarstan
Richard Elliott
Tudo isto ainda é fado? Fado as local and global practice

10:30
Tea/Coffee > RECITAL ROOM

11:00
Session 4A: Folk/Pop: some distinctions, overlaps and convergences
LECTURE ROOM 2 > Chair: Hwee-San Tan
Jochen Eisentraut
Folk in time, pop in space: Individualisation and notions of vernacular authenticity
Irena Miholic
Where does folk music end and popular begin? Issues from field research in Croatia
Héctor Fouce & José Antonio Gonzáles Serena
The construction of Spanish popular music: tradition, modernity and globalization

Session 4B: Folk music, popular music and identities in the Mediterranean
CETL SEMINAR ROOM > Chair: Britta Sweers
Shayna Silverstein
“New wave” dabke: Popular music and media in Lebanon and Syria
Nicoletta Demetriou
‘Traditionalists’ vs. ‘modernists’: Folk music performers in contemporary Cyprus
Toni Langlois & Desi Wilkinson
The musical negotiation of identities in Algeria

13:00
Lunch > RECITAL ROOM

14:00
Session 5A: New vernacular / post-vernacular musics (1)
LECTURE ROOM 2 > Chair: Simon Keegan-Phipps
Natalie Kirschstein
The Uruguayan murga as “the voice of the people”: Song, metaphor and the language of political agency
Aspasia Theodosiou
“Initiatives with a difference”: Music festivals, ‘authenticity’ and plasticity on the Greek-Albanian border
Sílvia Martínez Garcia
Bollywood music experiences and peripheral diasporas

Session 5B: New vernacular / post-vernacular musics (2)
CETL SEMINAR ROOM > Chair: Desi Wilkinson
Ian Russell
Between the sacred and the secular: Vernacular performance in North- East Scottish coastal communities
Marie Jorritsma
Syncretic authenticities: The sonic spaces of sacred song in Graaff-Reinet, South Africa
Shzr Ee Tan
Singing the other exotic: Taiwanese aborigines ‘take’ China, Japan and America

15:30
Tea/Coffee > Recital Room

16:00
Session 6: English Folk Songs: Some Conclusions: 100 years of Cecil Sharp's ideas and influence
ROBERT BOYLE LECTURE THEATRE > Chair: Vic Gammon
with:
Philip V. Bohlman
Vic Gammon
Ian Russell

17:30
Tea/Coffee > Recital Room

18:00
Session 7: Keynote Address
KING’S HALL > Chair: Goffredo Plastino
Salwa El-Shawan Castelo-Branco
The politics of music categorization: Discourses, performance and research

19:30
Dinner > RECITAL ROOM

20:30
Concert: Folk music from these Islands ~ and beyond
KING’S HALL
Students of the Folk and Traditional Music degree course, with Vic Gammon, Sandra Kerr and Desi Wilkinson


Friday 20 April
Northern Rock Foundation Hall
The Sage Gateshead

09:30
Session 8: Rock, authenticities, identities
Chair: Franco Fabbri
Fabian Holt
Polarized vernaculars: Anti-fascist rock concerts in contemporary Germany
Pete Dale
Punk as folk: The problem of subjectivity in the idealised realm of collective practice
Laudan Nooshin
‘We have to become universal’: Internationalist discourses and language choice in contemporary Iranian rock music

11:00
Tea/Coffee

11:30
Session 9: Folk songs, world music and genre issues
Chair: Laudan Nooshin
David Hughes
“There are no real folk songs anymore”: Japanese folk song from village to stage to the world
David Clarke
Late Junction: World music, cultural pluralism, and genre drift

13:00
Lunch

14:00
Screening
SLAM. Algerian Andalous music in performance
(by Tony Langlois, 2007, 15', col.)

14:30

Session 10: Revisiting the folk
Chair: Caroline Bithell
Elizabeth Travassos
Vocal styles and social processes
John Morgan O’Connell
Old West, new East: Europe in ethnomusicology and ethnomusicology in Europe
Claire Levy
(Neo)Folk on club stage: Towards a post-ethnic perspective?

16:00
Tea/Coffee

16:30
Session 11: Round Table: Between Folk and Popular
Chair: Goffredo Plastino
Franco Fabbri
The king is naked: The musicological unified field and its articulation
Bernard Lortat-Jacob
What constitutes a rich field of study for ethnomusicology?
Richard Middleton
Back to the Future: Folk, People, (Who)Man
Suzel Ana Reily
Folk music, art music, popular music: What do these categories mean today?


Saturday 21 April
ICMuS

09:00
Session 12A: Ethnomusicology, traditions and education
LECTURE ROOM 2 > Chair: John Morgan O’ Connnell
Carolyn Landau
The responsibility and potential of ethnomusicology sound archives: Understanding and interacting with Moroccan communities in London
Anthony McCann
Questioning educational strategies: Challenges of radical pedagogy in discussions about ‘Irish traditional music’
Simone Krüger
Listening to Ethnomusicology: Student experiences of tradition and authenticity

Session 12B: ‘Traditions’ and changes
CETL SEMINAR ROOM > Chair: Claire Levy
Shino Arisawa
Changes within ‘tradition’: The case of Japanese jiuta-sôkyoku
Kathleen J. Noss Van Buren
Tradition, change, and multiplicity in contemporary musical life in Nairobi, Kenya
Ruth Davis
Pop music or people’s music? Changing identities and forgotten histories in the Tunisian canon

10:30
Tea/Coffee > RECITAL ROOM

11:00
BFE AMG
ROBERT BOYLE LECTURE THEATRE > Chair: Tina K. Ramnarine

12:10
Closing remarks > KING’S HALL

12:15
Session 13: Keynote Address
KING’S HALL > Chair: Goffredo Plastino
Philip V. Bohlman
Liebestod: Music's vernacular moment between eschatology and soteriology


13:30

Lunch > RECITAL ROOM