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BFE / RMA Research Students Conference

The BFE/RMA Research Students Conference is sponsored jointly by the British Forum for Ethnomusicology and the Royal Musical Association. Open to postgraduates studying in the UK or abroad, the conference provides an opportunity for young researchers to meet together in a friendly and supportive atmosphere, to gain experience of the conference environment (as listeners, participants, and chairs), to present and to hear papers, to take part in workshops, and to gain insights into the profession. Each year, the programme includes skills training sessions, student papers, composition and performance workshops, concerts, and social events.

Call for expressions of interest in hosting the January 2020 BFE-RMA Research Students Conference

(deadline Wednesday 29 March 2017)

The BFE and RMA seek partnerships with universities, conservatories, and other interested bodies across the UK in the promotion of the Research Students Conference in 2020. The BFE and RMA support each conference through the work of members of their governing bodies, with a financial grant, and (in the case of the RMA) through financial support for Roche lecture, which provides for the prize-winner of the Association’s award to deliver a keynote address.

Forthcoming Research Students Conferences

The 2017 BFE/RMA Research Students Conference will take place from Thursday 5 to Saturday 7 January at Canterbury Christ Church University. Registration is now open.


The 2018 BFE/RMA Research Students Conference will take place from Thursday 4 to Saturday 6 January at the University of Huddersfield. Contact: Catherine Haworth c.m.haworth@hud.ac.uk

The 2019 BFE/RMA Research Students Conference is scheduled provisionally from Thursday 3 to Saturday 5 January at the University of Sheffield. Contact: Simon Keegan-Phipps s.keegan-phipps@sheffield.ac.uk.

Recent Research Students Conferences

Bangor 2016 Go to conference website

Bristol 2015

Birmingham 2014

Southampton 2013

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