Third International Bagpipe Conference
26-28 February 2016
Hosted by the National Piping Centre, Glasgow
Organised in collaboration with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and Glasgow University with the support of the Bagpipe Society, the Lowland and Border Piping Society, the Piobriaech Society and the William Grant & Sons foundation.
Call for Papers
Abstract submission deadline: 15 November 2015
Programme Committee: Cassandre Balosso-Bardin, Dr. Joshua Dixon, Dr. Andy Letcher, Dr. Susana Moreno.
Conference address: National Piping Centre, 30-34 McPhater Street, Glasgow G4 0HW
The International Bagpipe Organisation warmly invites you to participate in the Third International Bagpipe Conference to mark International Bagpipe Day 2016 (10 March), a celebration of the world’s bagpipes and bagpiping traditions. Following the success of the previous conferences, the upcoming event will spread over three days, starting on Friday evening with an opening concert and ending at Sunday noon. The National Piping Centre in Glasgow will host the event, organised with the support of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, the University of Glasgow, the Bagpipe Society, the Lowland and Border Piping Society, the Piobriaech Society and the William Grant & Sons foundation.
The conferences are a productive and welcoming platform for all people interested in the study of bagpipes: musicologists, ethnomusicologists, music experts, instrument makers, folk musicians, dancers and music lovers. This event is an exciting interdisciplinary opportunity to debate various questions relating to the study of bagpipes both today and historically. All three days are open to the general public and bagpipe enthusiasts are more than welcome to attend.
Friday 26 February 2016
The conference will be launched by an opening concert hosted by the National Piping Centre. We are excited to announce the participation of the Belgian Bourdon Collectief with two baroque musettes, the brilliant Scott Wood Trio and a Bulgarian kaba gaida feature.
Saturday 27 – Sunday 28 February 2016
The conference will take place on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 February 2016. Bagpipe specialists from all over Europe will exchange knowledge about their instruments, music and culture. A social evening with a ceilidh (British folk dance) and an organised open mic will be held on Saturday evening.
We will consider papers that have a direct link to bagpipes, touching on themes including:
- Playing techniques/Ornamentation
- Cultural or social anthropology
- Historical findings/iconography/recent history
- Bagpipe making
Interested participants are to submit a paper title, an abstract of no more than 300 words complete with an institutional affiliation or profession and contact details by 30 October 2015 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Due to a large amount of applications the previous years, abstracts from people who are applying for the first time or who presented in 2012 will be prioritised. This is to encourage a wider scope of presenters. We do however encourage as many people as possible to attend the conference, regardless of whether they are presenting or not.
Successful applicants will be notified by 30 November 2015.
Limited travel grants are available to help support international travel costs for speakers. Please indicate if you are interested in your accompanying email.