Anglo/Celtic Traditional Music Symposium 2019 POSTPONED INDEFINITELY

THIS EVENT IS NOW POSTPONED INDEFINITELY DUE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC. Hopefully it will take place in 2021–updates will be posted here in autumn 2020.

This page hosts information about the symposium that will be held on 23rd June 2020 immediately prior to NAFCo 2019 at Limerick University, Ireland.

Papers are now invited with a closing date of 31st January 2020.

The symposium will be curated by

Dr Simon McKerrell (Newcastle University, UK)

Dr Simon Keegan-Phipps (University of Sheffield, UK)

Associate Professor Heather Sparling, (University of Cape Breton, Canada).

More information (as a holding page) is available about the full call for participants for the North Atlantic Fiddle Convention 2020 here.

We’re really looking forward to this one-day symposium which leads directly into a fantastic programme at NAFCo 2020 and we would like to take the opportunity to invite all scholars with an interest in the development of research on Anglo/Celtic traditional music to join us and take the debate forward.

Call for Papers

Traditional Music and Dance of the Anglo/Celtic World and Its Peripheries

The NAFCo Conference program will also incorporate a Symposium on the 23rd June 2020 focussing on the academic understanding of Anglo/Celtic traditions of music and dance. These have blossomed and diversified significantly in the last several decades, not least due to the successes of various cultural revivals and revitalizations around the world. Scholarship too has flourished, with recent work re-casting established positions on a host of issues, topics, and currents. Historiographically however, there has been both overt and subtle resistance to the study of Anglo/Celtic music and dance in a variety of scholarly circles and today, there are few spaces where ethnomusicologists and ethnochoreologists with shared interests in Anglo/Celtic music and dance can come together to debate the broad issues that now characterize this expanded field of study. Dr Simon McKerrell (Newcastle University), Dr Simon Keegan-Phipps (Sheffield University) and Dr Heather Sparling (Cape Breton University, Canada) will curate this special topic within the framework of the whole event, in collaboration with the academic program and event planning committees. We therefore welcome proposals for papers, roundtables, and workshops on the theme of “Traditional Music and Dance of the Anglo/Celtic World and Its Peripheries”. Lacking a satisfactory term (which we intend to address at this event), we use “Anglo/Celtic” in the broadest and most inclusive sense, including English, Scots, Gaelic, Celtic and related traditions worldwide. Moreover, we wish to encourage new research that explores how these traditions are positioned alongside other forms of music and dance wherever they might occur.


  • Papers
  • Panels
  • Round table discussions
  • ‘Diamond presentations’
  • Films
  • Posters

Presentations should be 20 minutes long with 5-10 minutes for questions.

Panels can involve three or four people presenting around a theme or can involve 6-12 people speaking for a shorter time around a set theme.

Round table discussions can involve shorter presentations of 10-15 minutes each followed by a chaired discussion.

‘Diamond Presentations’ – Individual ‘Diamond Presentations’ are seven minutes long and are organized around 21 slides that are set to advance automatically every 20 seconds. They are free from text and speakers should refrain from reading notes.

If you wish to also submit a proposal for the Symposium focused on the academic understanding and historiography of Anglo/Celtic music and its peripheries, please send an abstract of up to 300 words along with a 100 word biography to by the 31st January 2019.

All proposals will be anonymously peer reviewed.

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