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International Centre for Community Music

Upcoming events

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We run a varied programme of events throughout the year which bring together an international community of community musicians.

We host regular online events through our ICCM Presents guest speaker series and ICCM Conversations, an innovative lab series trialling interactive approaches to research-focused dialogue.

Annual events include our Student Research Symposium, in partnership with Sound Sense. 

ICCM Conversations: Ethics in community music: an African perspective

20 May 2021, 2:00pm to 3:30pm (BST)

Online webinar

This online webinar features 4 presentations, drawn from a wide representation of researchers and practitioners in Eastern and Southern Africa. The questions touch on the role of ethical infrastructure for music performance and education, as well as ethical practice. There is an inevitable reference to the intrinsic community nature of African life, and the questions around authentic cultural practice in an increasingly formal and modern world.

The presenters include:

  • Professor Otukile Sindiso Phibion (University of Botswana)
  • Mukasa Situma Wafula, PhD (Technical University of Kenya)
  • Levi Wataka (Kenyatta University)
  • Elizabeth Achieng’ Andang’o, PhD (Kenyatta University)

Ethics in community music: an African perspective

6th Annual ICCM Student Research Symposium, in partnership with Sound Sense

Positionality; Role of the researcher in community music

6 December (12:00pm to 5:00pm) and 7 December (9:00am to 4:30pm) 2021

York St John University

This year's symposium will focus on the theme of Positionality. The positionality we hold plays a vital role in framing our understanding and outlook on the world in which we live in.

This theme will provide a frame in which to explore the positioning role of the community musician, as practitioners and researchers, asking questions which might include but will not be limited to:

  • What effect does the defining and enacting of our role as community musicians have within our respective contexts?
  • How can we critically evaluate our positionality, taking into account the specific social, environmental and political parameters within which we operate?
  • How does our definition and enactment of our position as practitioners and researchers affect, for example, our use of language and communication, and ultimately impact the scope and foci of our research?
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