Analysis, Cognition and Ethnomusicology BFE and AAWM 2014


Annual Conference of the British Forum for Ethnomusicology (BFE 2014)


Third International Conference on Analytical Approaches to World Music (AAWM 2014)



July 1–4, 2014

Hosted by: Department of Music, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London and Institute of Musical Research (IMR), School of Advanced Studies, University of London in association with the Centre for Music and Science (University of Cambridge) and the Society for Music Analysis.

List of speakers and titles



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Speakers whose abstracts have been accepted must register by 1 May.

Registration is open to all. Non-members of BFE may join BFE to take advantage of the lower conference fee: please go to <>.


Conference fees:

BFE members waged £85
BFE members  unwaged* £45
other waged £100
other unwaged* £65
daily £40

*i.e. not in receipt of regular income; including students.

The above fees include tea/coffee/juice, sandwich lunch at the venue, and entry to all paper sessions, keynotes and musical performances.

Please note that delegates should make their own arrangements for accommodation, which is plentiful in central London. The use of online booking services is suggested. There is no conference dinner as such, but tables will be booked each evening at a number of local restaurants at which places may be reserved (not included in conference fee).


Description of the conference

Recent conferences on Analytical Approaches to World Music (AAWM) and associated publications (including an on-line journal of the same name, and two volumes of studies edited by Michael Tenzer and John Roeder) have reflected and stimulated a renewed interest in world music by music analysts and theorists, and in musical analysis by ethnomusicologists. They mark a new attempt to explore the panoply of global musical traditions, both past and present, from the broadest possible array of theoretical, cultural, historical and analytical perspectives.

By combining AAWM 2014 and BFE 2014, with the support of the Society for Music Analysis, into a joint conference, we hope to stimulate debate and new insights around questions such as:

  • what can analysts and ethnomusicologists learn from each other?
  • how can ethnography inform or re-focus analysis, and vice versa?
  • how far can the same methods be applied to the analysis and ethnography of different musical traditions and cultures?
  • what analytical perceptions do musicians and theorists of different global traditions offer?

Forthcoming BFE conferences

Dear BFE members (and friends),

Please save the following dates in your diary!

* The BFE committee is excited to announce that our annual conference will be hosted jointly with Société française d'ethnomusicologie in Paris, 2-5 July, 2015.

* Our next one-day conference will be hosted by City University, London, 29 November, 2014. The theme will be ‘ethnomusicology in the urban environment.’

* I look forward to seeing many of you at our joint conference with AAWM at SOAS, July 1-4, by which time, I will be able to share more details of both the 2015 Paris annual and November 2014 London one-day conferences.

Best wishes,
Amanda Villepastour


About BFE

The British Forum for Ethnomusicology (BFE) is an association formerly known as the International Council for Traditional Music (ICTM, UK Chapter). As an Affiliate National Committee to the ICTM, our aim is to advance the study, practice, documentation, preservation and dissemination of traditional music and dance, including folk, popular, classical, urban, and other genres, of all countries.

BFE is a body fiscally autonomous from any other organisation, and membership is open to anyone interested in the study of music and dance from all parts of the world.

BFE Book Prize 2014 - call for submissions

The British Forum for Ethnomusicology invites submissions for the new annual BFE Book Prize to recognize outstanding scholarship in ethnomusicology written in English. Both monographs and edited volumes published in 2012 or 2013 will be eligible for the 2014 prize. (Co)authors and (co)editors must all be BFE members at the time of submission, while contributors to edited collections are welcome to join. No book may be entered more than once for this prize. This prestigious award will be presented at the BFE annual conference at SOAS in July 2014 and carries a prize of £100.

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