Keynote Speaker: Professor Caroline Bithell
Professor Caroline Bithell (University of Manchester, U.K.) is best known in the ethnomusicology world and beyond for her work on music revivals, publications on Corsican music, and her research into the natural voice and community choirs. In 2006 she edited a special themed issue “The Past in Music” for Ethnomusicology Forum. Her book Transported by Song: Corsican Voices from Oral Tradition to World Stage (Scarecrow Press, 2007) was awarded five stars by Songlines magazine, as well as being positively reviewed in the academic press. Her latest books, both published by Oxford University Press in 2014, are A Different Voice, A Different Song: Reclaiming Community through the Natural Voice and World Song and The Oxford Handbook of Music Revival. The latter is a collection of 30 essays co-edited with Juniper Hill. Her current research focuses on the renaissance of vocal polyphony in post-Soviet Georgia (Caucasus). Caroline has served terms as Chair of the British Forum for Ethnomusicology and editor of the journal Ethnomusicology Forum. She is also active in the community music world as a voice practitioner and workshop leader.
Speakers and Contributors
Other speakers include Jonathan Abel (Stanford University, USA), Eoin Callery (University of Limerick, Ireland), Kai Köpp (University of the Arts, Bern, Switzerland), Kailan Rubinoff (University of North Carolina, USA) and Jed Wentz (University of Leiden and Conservatory of Amsterdam, The Netherlands). Jeremy Montagu (1927-2020) contributed a provocative essay entitled “Making (Faking?) Early Music” to Early Music in the 21st Century just months before his death.