“Exhibiting Music”

The Canadian Society for Traditional Music

June 17-19, 2015


“Curating Ethnomusicology”

Pre-Conference Workshop

June 15-16, 2015


Cape Breton University

Sydney, Nova Scotia


     From instrument collections to ballad anthologies, the exhibiting of music is deeply ingrained in the history of ethnomusicology and folklore. Today, with digital technology, social media, and new technological pathways for sharing music, its meaning, and its history, we are living in an exciting and challenging time for those looking for ways to present, curate, and display music.


    In response, The Canadian Society for Traditional Music has chosen “Exhibiting Music” for its 2015 conference theme. We call for papers, panels, exhibits, films, presentations, and workshops that engage with any aspect of curating or putting music on display.  Read the full call for papers here.  The submission deadline is December 15, 2014.


PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOP: “Curating Ethnomusicology”


     Sponsors: Canadian Centre for Ethnomusicology (UAlberta); The CoMM Lab, and Canada Research Chair in Communities and Cultures (CBU).


     A two-day pre-conference workshop will be held June 15-16th to address the role of ethnomusicology in curating diverse musical practices, particularly in ways that employ the internet and new and emerging technologies. This interdisciplinary workshop will showcase a variety of ethnographic media and music curation tools. Participants will engage with creative models for making music, translating field research, archiving, selection, as well as digital and museum curation. A range of methods, technologies, tools and issues will be explored, including some specifically arising from work with Indigenous communities in sessions chaired by Beverley Diamond, (Canada Research Chair in Ethnomusicology, Memorial University). Jeff Todd Titon (Prof. Emeritus, Brown University), will deliver a keynote address.


See details on the conference website under "Pre-Conference Workshop."

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