The Elphinstone Institute and the Music Research Group at the University of
Aberdeen will host the 2004 Annual Conference of the British Forum for Ethnomusicology, taking place from Thursday 15 April (afternoon
start) to Sunday 18 April (finishing early afternoon). The themes will be
Ethnomusicology at Home and Transformed States. With its sparkling granite buildings, Aberdeen is Scotland’s third largest
city – a combination of historic charm, thriving economy, and cosmopolitan
community. A seaport and centre for Europe’s North Sea oil and gas
industries, it is home to 212,000 people. From the mile-long beach and the
historic 15th century university campus in Old Aberdeen, it is less than
half-an-hour to the tranquility of the nearby hills and countryside in one
of the most beautiful parts of Scotland. Aberdeen caters for all tastes in
arts, culture, leisure, and entertainment with His Majesty’s Theatre, Music
Hall, and Lemon Tree regularly attracting national and international
artists. The Aberdeen Art Gallery, Maritime Museum, and Marischal Museum are
all highly recommended. There are also many good restaurants and bars.
Accommodation in single or twin en-suite rooms is in King’s Hall less than 5
minutes walk from the Regent Lecture Theatre, New Kings, and the Linklater
Rooms, where the formal conference activities will take place. (Parking is
available at New Kings and on the campus.) We can also offer a list of
reasonably priced local accommodation.
Evening events will include a performance of traditional Scottish ballads
and music, a participatory workshop, and the traditional BFE party. There
will also be time to explore the local area with an excursion to nearby
castles and glens.