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POSTPONED: Research Colloquium: Simon Keegan-Phipps
May 26 @ 5:15 pm - 7:00 pmFree
Simon Keegan-Phipps (Sheffield) | How many morris dancers are on Facebook?’; Digital participation in Anglo/Celtic folk music cultures
The Colloquia feature leading figures, as well as younger scholars, from across the world. They present their research in papers on all kinds of music-related topics. Graduate students Annabelle Page and George Haggett organise the series. Presentations are followed by discussion and a drinks reception. Students, staff, and the general public are warmly encouraged to attend.
This talk will introduce some key findings of the AHRC funded Digital Folk project, which has been investigating the ways in which folk arts participants in England make use of digital resources and networks in order to learn, collaborate, reinterpret traditional material and create new work. Drawing on the perspectives of ethnomusicology, ethnochoreology, digital anthropology, and media/cultural theory, Digital Folk investigates the various roles played by contemporary digital technologies, materials and social networks in the participatory and performative activities of England’s folk musicians and dancers. This paper will reflect on the research project’s premise, methods and principle findings; in particular, it will explore how digital media and technologies contribute to the ongoing (re)construction and (re)negotiation of the folk genre, via the continuing dialogue between tradition and vernacularity. Case studies include a digital notation system that’s migrated off the screen, and a bagpipe iPad app that’s ‘bigger than the real thing’.