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Call for papers—Traditional Folk Song: Past, Present & Future

Saturday 10 to Sunday 11 November 2018

Cecil Sharp House, 2 Regent’s Park Road, London NW1 7AY

Folk song, the everyday music of the common people as passed from generation to generation, has been highly debated ever since the first attempts by early collectors to define it. It has been performed, collected, researched, and unpicked, and the defining qualities which make it unique continue to stimulate current debate and approaches to collecting.

This conference seeks to present the latest research in folk song in all its possible contexts and forms, and we are inviting contributions on topics associated with traditional song and performance in both historic and contemporary settings which may include (but are not limited to):

  • Singers
  • Collectors
  • Recording technology and folk song collecting
  • Song tunes and/or texts
  • Analysis or evolution of songs
  • Ballad studies
  • Broadside ballads or other printed matter
  • Contexts of performance
  • Folk clubs and the contemporary scene

 

Papers should be 20 minutes long (+10 minutes for questions and discussion). AV facilities will be available. A1 sized poster presentations are also welcome.

We are particularly keen to encourage students and newcomers to talk about their research interests and findings.

Please send your submission, including a brief abstract of your paper and a paragraph or two about yourself to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Closing date for submissions: 22 July 2018

To find out more contact Laura Smyth, Library and Archives Director, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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