Wednesday, May 7, 2014

CFP Understanding Scotland Musically, 21st October, Newcastle University

AHRC sponsored one day conference, 21st October 2014, Research
Beehive, Newcastle University.


With a keynote address from

Dr Gary West

'Understanding Scotland Musically: Do we? Can we?'

Scottish 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. In addition
to individual papers, suggestions for panel topics are welcome. Panels
exploring a particular issue around the theme are encouraged, and
these would receive one hour including paper presentations and

The deadline for submissions is Friday the 2nd May 2014.

Please submit your abstract(s) for consideration (max 300 words) to
Simon McKerrell ( For panel submissions,
please submit both an abstract for the whole panel and abstracts for
each individual paper. The conference is supported by the AHRC and is
free for presenters. To register as a non-presenting delegate (£20),
please email

This conference is sponsored by The Arts and Humanities Research
Council and Newcastle University.