CSTM 2015 Pre-Conference Workshop

Curating Ethnomusicology (REVISED 12 May 2015)


Cape Breton University, Sydney, Nova Scotia

June 15th-16th 2015


A two-day pre-conference workshop, “Curating Ethnomusicology,” will be held June 15-16th, addressing the role of ethnomusicology and its interlocutors in curatorial practices. This interdisciplinary workshop will provide participants an opportunity to learn about, engage with and discuss a variety of ethnographic media and music curation tools, as well as creative models and issues related to music creation, translating field research, archives, and digital curation. A range of methods, tools and issues will be explored. Emergent methodologies and practices arising from work with Indigenous communities will also be a focus of the workshop. Jeff Todd Titon, Professor Emeritus at Brown University, will deliver a keynote address on his pioneering research in ecomusicology and collaborative media production in ethnomusicology. Beverley Diamond, Canada Research Chair in Ethnomusicology at Memorial University and President of the Society for Ethnomusicology, will provide a closing plenary.


In addition, an international, multidisciplinary and cross-sector group of presenters will address:

  • Cross-institutional collaborations concerning collections of intangible cultural heritage
  • Media production in field research, including sound maps and experimental sound art projects
  • Interactive and video documentaries, and collaborative filmmaking
  • The use of creative commons licensed media in song collecting
  • Artist residencies, site-specific performances and online exhibits

The workshop setting, the CBU campus, residence and meeting rooms, will provide an environment conducive to other smaller discussion groups and impromptu meetings.


CSTM 2015 Pre-Conference Workshop Schedule

Session abstracts available here


MONDAY, 15 June 2015


9 – 10:30 – Welcome and Keynote


Welcome: Michael R. Denny (Traditional Welcome), Cape Breton University President David Wheeler


Keynote:  Jeff Todd Titon, “Caring with People Making Music”


10:30 – 10:45 coffee, nutrition break


10:45 – 12:45  Local Integrity and National Collections – Getting at Nuance and Complexity


Presenters: Catherine Arseneau, Wendy Bergfeldt, Marlene Ivey, Mitch McNutt, James Watson, Judith Klassen


12:45 – 1:15 pm lunch


1:15 – 1:45  Mobilizing communities and cultural knowledge: diversitycapebreton.ca (preliminary launch and workshops)


Presenter: Marcia Ostashewski (Cape Breton University)




1:45-2:45 Doing Creative Media Ethnography


Presenter: Ely Rosenblum


2:45 – 3pm coffee, nutrition break


3 – 5 pm Curating Ethnomusicology in Cyberworlds: “World Music in Wonderland” (presentation, workshops)


Presenters: Rasika Ranaweera (University of Aizu), Michael Frishkopf (University of Alberta), Michael Cohen (University of Aizu)


7pm – Flavor on the Water – optional dinner for delegates in town, to be arranged Monday morning during workshop registration (*let us know if you’d like to join the group so that we know how many places to reserve at the restaurant)


TUESDAY, 16 June 2015


9-10 am Translating Fieldwork – Archiving and New Media


Presenters: Sam Lee and James McDonald


10-10:15 coffee, nutrition break


10:15-11:15 Screening and Film workshop


Presenter: Dana Dansereau, National Film Board


11:15 – 12:15 pm Song mapping / Song tagging (Session 1 of 2)


Presenters: Dylan Robinson, Cheryl L’Hirondelle


12:15-12:45 lunch


12:45 – 2 pm Song mapping / Song tagging (Session 2 of 2)


Presenter: Amber Ridington


2 – 3:45 pm Contested Spaces of Song Making: Between Protocol and Innovation


Presenters: Jennifer Himmelreich, Cheryl L’Hirondelle, Amber Ridington


3:45 – 4 pm coffee, nutrition break


4 – 5 pm Closing plenary: Reflections and Future Directions


Presenter: Beverley Diamond


6 – 7 pm Cocktail reception

7 pm  – Dinner for workshop delegates



Audio and video recordings of the presentations and discussions will be hosted online under Creative Commons licensing. As academic scholarship moves further toward online platforms for dissemination of knowledge, this website aims to provide students and early career researchers with the resources required to curate their own projects with text and multimedia.

The CSTM 2015 Pre-Conference Workshop is sponsored by the Canadian Centre for Ethnomusicology (UAlberta), The Collaborative Music and Movement (CoMM) Lab (CBU) and the Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Communities and Cultures.

The Canadian Centre for Ethnomusicology is an archive and research resource documenting musical and cultural traditions locally and internationally. The collection includes diverse instruments and more than 4000 titles in audio/video recordings. The Centre helps users understand how people use music to connect, express, and create community and identity. The Centre serves a wide range of students, researchers and community groups, collaborating with music communities, and bringing together scholars, students, musicians and others in performances, workshops, and recordings. Founded by Dr Regula Qureshi, its current Director is Dr Michael Frishkopf, Professor of Music at the University of Alberta.

The CoMM Lab is a performance space and a multi-sited research lab with portable production equipment for developing ethnographic media. Its Director is Dr Marcia Ostashewski, Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Communities and Cultures (CBU). The CoMM Lab is funded by the Canadian Foundation for Innovation, and it works in concert with other facilities at CBU, including the Centre for Cape Breton Studies.


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