Digital Folk One-Day Conference

19th April 2017

Department of Music, University of Sheffield



Registration: 9.30 – 10.30am
Introduction: 10.30 – 11am
Panel 1: Approaches to Digital Folk  11 – 12.30pm
  • Participation, Deterritorialization and Capital: towards a sociology of traditional music – Simon McKerrell (Newcastle University)
  • Kotos and Taikos and Gongs, Oh My!: Tracing the presence of “ethnic” sounds in early commercial digital synthesizers and samplers  Heidi Chan (York University, Toronto)
  • Halls without walls: examining the development, dissemination and perpetuation of blues music and blues culture in the digital age  Tom Attah (Leeds College of Art and Design)
Lunch: 12.30 – 13.30
Panel 2: Digital Folk Pedagogies 13.30 – 15.00pm
  • The role of the folk music tutor in the age of digital learning – Jo Miller (University of Sheffield)
  • Learning Cape Breton Step Dance: From VHS to Online Video  Patricia H Ballantyne (Elphinstone Institute, University of Aberdeen)
  • ‘Challenges in the Transmission of an Oral Tradition Online: Irish Traditional Music Approaching a Virtual Orality’ – Francis Ward (Dublin City University)
Panel 3: Digital Folk Identities
  • ‘Feeling like वारकरी…!!!!’: Virtual Pilgrims and Musical Devotion – Jamie Jones (University College Dublin)
  • ‘When I hear this, She is in me’: Manifesting the ‘Universal Mother,’ YouTube, and the Participatory Politics of Digital Media in a Transnational Indo-Guyanese Religious Movement  – Stephanie L. Jackson (City University of New York)
  • e-Andalus: Musical Tradition and Digital Culture in Algerian London Stephen Wilford (City, University of London)
Tea break: 15.00
Panel 4: Digital Folk Archives (15.30 – 16.30)
  • Making and Using Digital Broadside Ballad Archives – Giles Bergel (Independent Scholar)
  • A book, a website and the jam – technology and changes in the old-time music repertoire – Hans-Hinrich Thedens (Norwegian National Library)
Panel 5: ‘Folk’ and Digital Music-Making
  • Istanbul and the invention of a digital tradition – Eliot Bates (University of Birmingham)
  • The Affordances of Digital Music Tools in Theory and Practice – Daniel Gouly (The Open University)
Roundtable discussion and closing remarks: 16.30 – 17.30



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