The University of Cambridge is pleased to announce that registration is now open for the British Forum for Ethnomusicology’s One-Day conference to be held at the Faculty of Music on the 21st October 2017. Entitled “‘Listening to Difference’: Music and Multiculturalism”, the conference will focus on the relationship between music and the politics, ideologies and social realities of multiculturalism. Music is closely intertwined with representations of difference, intercultural exchange and institutional strategies aimed at promoting liberal multiculturalism. It unveils the complex nature of social relations in multicultural societies at the level of day-to-day experience, as different cultural groups come into contact. Moving beyond the anti-multiculturalism discourses that have prevailed in the public and political domains, the conference examines how different social, ethnic and religious communities experience living together in multicultural societies.

We are delighted to announce that Prof. Tina K. Ramnarine will be our keynote speaker. She will present a paper entitled: ‘Celebratory Musical Multiculturalism’.

The draft programme can be downloaded from the conference website: Here you will also find details regarding accommodation and transport.

To register for the conference, please use the online booking system through Billeto:

Delegate fees are as follows (including lunch and refreshments):
•    Non-members: £25 + £1.53 booking fee
•    BFE members: £20 + £1.32 booking fee
•    Non-members reduced rate (students, unwaged and part-time employment): £15 + £1.11 booking fee
•    BFE members reduced rate: £12 + £0.98 booking fee

Please note that registration will close on the 14th October.

If you require any more information or have difficulties in booking a ticket, please do not hesitate to contact the organisers at:

We look forward to welcoming you to Cambridge!

On behalf of the conference committee,
Dr. Matthew Machin-Autenrieth
Leverhulme Early Career Fellow
The Fourth International Bagpipe Conference
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The International Bagpipe Organisation warmly invites you to participate in the Fourth International Bagpipe Conference to mark International Bagpipe Day 2018 (10 March), a celebration of the world's diverse bagpipes and bagpiping traditions.
Following the success of previous conferences, the upcoming event will spread over three days, starting on Friday evening with an opening concert and ending on Sunday afternoon. The conference will be held in Palma, Mallorca, where there is a rich and unbroken piping tradition.
The conferences are a productive and welcoming platform for all people interested in the study of bagpipes: musicologists, ethnomusicologists, music experts, instrument makers, musicians, composers, dancers and music lovers. This event is an exciting interdisciplinary opportunity to debate various questions relating to the study of bagpipes both today and historically.
All three days are open to the general public and bagpipe enthusiasts are encouraged to attend. Ticket information will be posted on the website in the following weeks.
Official Languages
As the conference will be held in Catalan speaking territory, papers are welcome in English, Spanish and Catalan. Translation options will be provided.
Saturday 10 March 2018
The conference will take place on Saturday 10 March 2018 (International Bagpipe Day) at the Arxiu del Regne de Mallorca in Palma's historical centre. Bagpipe specialists from all over Europe will exchange knowledge about their instruments, music and culture.
We will consider papers that have a direct link to bagpipes, touching on themes including:
Playing techniques/Ornamentation
Cultural or social anthropology
Historical findings/iconography/recent history
Bagpipe making
Any other theme directly related to the bagpipes will be considered.
Interested participants are to submit a paper title, an abstract of no more than 250 words complete with an institutional affiliation or profession and contact details by 15 October 2017 to
Due to a large amount of applications the previous years, abstracts from people who are applying for the first time or who did not present in 2016 will be prioritised. This is to encourage a wider scope of presenters. We do, however, encourage everyone to attend the conference, regardless of whether you are presenting or not.
Successful applicants will be notified by 15 November 2017.
Limited travel grants will be available to help support travel costs for international speakers. Terms and conditions will be published on the website.
A social evening with music making will be held on Saturday evening at a local bar.
Friday 9 March 2018
The conference will be launched by an opening concert at the Xesc Forteza Theatre in Palma's old town. International acts are still to be confirmed but Mallorca's most prominent piping duets will be featured.
Sunday 11 March
An open meeting will be organised in the morning to present the newly formed Board Committee and introduce the Advisory Board.
In the early afternoon, an event with the Xeremiers de Soller and the Xeremiers del Puig de sa Font, two Mallorcan bagpipe groups will be organised, most probably involving Mallorcan bagpipes, historical trains and oil factories. More details to come soon!
For more information or details about past conferences, including abstracts of past papers, please visit
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