Understanding Scotland Musically
With a keynote address from
Dr Gary West
'Understanding Scotland Musically: Do we? Can we?’
Thanks to all who participated. Watch Dr Gary West's keynote presentation in full here:
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20/09/2014: REGISTRATION NOW CLOSED
UPDATE 22/08/14: The registration for the conference will open in September formally through the University's website--all delegates and presenters will be required to register to ascertain catering numbers etc. I will send out an email when the registration process is open. The conference is free to attend either as a presenter or delegate.
UPDATE 22/07/14: There will now be no delegate fee for those attending but not presenting, so free lunch, teas and coffees and a rather nice conference shoulder bag, not to mention lots of stimulating papers! If you would like to attend as a non-presenting delegate then do simply email me at email@example.com and I will add you to the circulation list.
Monday 20th October 2014, The Research Beehive, Old Library Building, Newcastle University.
Tuesday 21st October 2014, The Research Beehive, Old Library Building, Newcastle University.
Keynote presentation by Dr Gary West, (University of Edinburgh)
11:50am, Tuesday 21st October, 2014.
Title: ‘Understanding Scotland Musically: Do we? Can we?’
Dr Gary West is a Senior Lecturer in Scottish Ethnology at the University of Edinburgh, with teaching and research interests in the process of tradition, revivalism, oral history and heritage. He is also a very active musician, having played in bands such as Ceolbeg and Clan Alba, as well as the innovative Vale of Atholl Pipe Band. He has toured in many parts of the world, has performed on around 30 CDs, and since 2002 has presented the weekly show, Pipeline, on BBC Radio Scotland. He is Chair of Traditional Arts and Culture Scotland (TRACS), and serves on the board of the national arts agency, Creative Scotland.
Conference summaryScottish traditional music has been through a successful revival and has now entered a professionalized and public space. Devolution in the UK, and the rapid expansion of the New Europe have led to a rise of importance of regional and national identities within the context of globalization of musical communities. What was once considered kitsch tartanry has been re-mythologized and now hybrid sounds from Scottish musicians portray a newer, emergent sense of national identity. Increasingly, musicians are performing deterritorialized and commodified music which is shifting attention away from musical provenance and authentic ideology towards more transient sonic identities and blurring established musical genres. This conference seeks to explore how contemporary traditional music performs Scottishness at this crucial moment in the public life of an increasingly (dis)United Kingdom. We are interested in papers that deal with the relationship(s) between Scottish traditional music (or Scottish folk music) and: the musical politics of identity; public policy for the arts, tourism and their policy makers; education; the Scottish and UK media; alternative public conceptions of Scottishness; the wider Scottish traditional arts; the independence referendum; other creative practices and their audiences. We hope to take forward a selection of papers from this conference for publication as a book edited by Dr Simon McKerrell (Newcastle University) and Dr Gary West. (Edinburgh University).
Conference host: Dr Simon McKerrell
Papers will be 20 minutes plus 10 minutes for discussion.
If you are presenting and feel like you'd like to volunteer for chairing a panel please let me know.
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The conference is supported by the AHRC and is free for presenters.
If you are interested in attending, please register as a non-presenting delegate, by contacting Simon McKerrell: firstname.lastname@example.org.
This conference is sponsored by The Arts and Humanities Research Council and Newcastle University.