Digital Folk One-Day Conference

19th April 2017

Department of Music, University of Sheffield

We are delighted to announce that registration is now open for the Digital Folk conference at the University of Sheffield! Places are limited so please visit our Eventbrite page ( to reserve your place now!

This Digital Folk conference will explore the practices, cohesions or frictions that can arise when folk and traditional arts come into contact with digital technologies.

Themes for discussion will include, but are not limited to:


  • the roles played by contemporary digital technologies, materials and social networks in the participatory and performative activities of folk/traditional musicians and dancers
  • the discourses related to the employment, distribution and/or rejection of digital resources in traditional contexts
  • the relationships between particular traditional cultures/activities and specific media/technologies
  • the interaction of corporate or institutional digital technologies or materials, with vernacular digital practices and ‘user-generated’ media.


This conference represents an annex to the British Forum of Ethnomusicology Annual Conference, also hosted at the University of Sheffield (from 20-23 April 2017), and we envisage that some delegates will wish to attend both events. You can register for the BFE conference here:

We look forward to welcoming you to the University of Sheffield in April.