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New Currents in Ethnomusicology

British Forum for Ethnomusicology: Annual Conference 2016 14–17 April 2016
University of Kent, School of Music and Fine Art,
The Historic Dockyard, Chatham, Kent, UK


Keynote Speaker:
Professor Jonathan Stock
(University College Cork)


With over 100 international speakers that include the most influential minds, speakers and writers in the world of ethnomusicology, New Currents in Ethnomusicology: British Forum for Ethnomusicology Annual Conference from 14–17 April 2016 will be a significant event in the calendar of the University of Kent, School of Music and Fine Art.  Running from lunchtime Thursday April 14th to lunchtime Sunday April 17th, the keynote speaker is Professor Jonathan Stock, Professor of Music and current Head of Department of Music from University College Cork, Ireland, and a widely published ethnomusicologist specialising in the music of East Asia, China and Taiwan, whose volume World Sound Matters; An Anthology of Music from Around the World is a seminal textbook.  The conference is organised jointly by the BFE committee within the School of Music & Fine Art by Head of School Professor Kevin Dawe, Liam Barnard, Richard Lightman and Dr Ruth Herbert.

Comments Liam Barnard: “The British Forum for Ethnomusicology (BFE) is a hugely influential academic organisation in the field of ethnomusicology in the world, after the Society for Ethnomusicology (SEM), its American counterpart, who is bringing a large contingen t of its members to the conference.  On the Thursday evening we will be hosting a film screening of “The Cypriot Fiddler”, followed by a wine reception sponsored by the publishers of the BFE Journal, Ethnomusicology Forum, and the essential SOAS/Ashgate Ethnomusicology Series of books, Taylor and Francis. The evening of the 15th will be marked by a special plenary panel followed by a party event. The conference is closing around lunchtime on Sunday 17th with a plenary panel, discussing our theme, “New Currents in Ethnomusicology”. This year the BFE also has planned study days and other one-day conferences held at Universities of Cambridge, Nottingham, Edinburgh and a Joint BFE/RMA Research Students Conference at Canterbury Christchurch University, before the world governing body in the field of ethnomusicology, the International Council for Traditional Music convenes for a five day event in July 2017 at the University of Limerick. Ireland. Overall, a fantastic year ahead for ethnomusicology which will start with one of its most important  and influential gatherings here at the School of Music and Fine Art, Medway Campus, University of Kent.”


For information on how to register, please click here.


To download BFE Conference programme, click here.



A little about the Dockyard:

A working Royal Naval shipyard from the time of Henry VIII until the mid-1980s, the dockyard is now one of the most visited tourist attractions in the southeast of England. A favourite film and TV location, boasting a brewery, a destroyer, an O-class submarine and Britain’s last remaining commercial ropery (in a historic building which stretches almost a mile in length), it is also the inspirational setting for the University of Kent’s School of Music and Fine Art, in whose old Admiralty buildings the conference will take place. The conference venue is easily accessible from London; trains from central London take about 45 minutes.





Travelodge Chatham Maritime Hotel
Western Avenue
Chatham ME4 4NT
Tel: 0871 559 1878
Short walking distance

Premier Inn - Chatham/Gillingham (Victory Pier)
Blake Avenue
Gillingham ME7 1GB
Tel: 0871 527 9510
Half hour walk

King Charles Hotel (3*)
Brompton Road
Gillingham ME7 5QT
Tel: 0163 483 0303
Family-run, short walk to Dockyard

Holiday Inn - Rochester/Chatham
Maidstone Road,
Rochester ME5 9SF 
Tel: 0871 423 4917
Needs a car


Premier Inn - Gillingham
Gillingham Business Park
Gillingham ME8 6BY 
Tel: 0871 527 8416
Needs a car

Premier Inn - Strood
Chariot Way
Strood ME2 2SS
Tel: 0871 527 8938
Needs a car

St George Hotel (2*)
New Road Avenue
Chatham ME4 6BB
Tel: 0163 484 1012
Needs a car

Royal Victoria and Bull Hotel (2*)
High Street
Rochester ME1 1PX
Tel: 0163 481 9245


Cedar House B&B
66 Priestfields
Rochester ME1 3AB
Tel: 0163 432 4175
Needs a car

Orchard Cottage B&B
11 View Road Cliffe Woods
Rochester ME7 1GB
Tel: 0163 454 0320
Needs a car

Regent Guest House
204 Maidstone Road
Chatham M4 6HS
Tel: 0163 484 1810
Needs a car

Officers Hill B&B
7 College Road
Chatham ME4 4QX
Tel: 0163 482 8436
Short walking distance



Supported by:

British Forum for Ethnomusicology
SMFA University of Kent

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Last Updated: 11/04/2016