Call For Papers: Second International Bagpipe Conference 2014

The International Bagpipe Organisation warmly invites you to participate in the Second International Bagpipe Conference, marking International Bagpipe Day, a celebration of the world’s bagpipes and bagpiping traditions. This one-day conference will be hosted by the Institute of Musical Research and the School of Oriental and African Studies in central London, supported by the IMR, SOAS music department and the Bagpipe Society. We aim to establish a productive and welcoming platform for all people interested in the study of bagpipes: academics, music experts, instrument makers, folk musicians, dancers and music lovers. This is an exciting interdisciplinary opportunity to debate various questions relating to the study of bagpipes in the twenty-first century.

Friday 7 March 2014

The conference will be launched by an opening concert hosted by the SOAS Concert Series. International artists will be featured including an all-female band from Galicia to mark International Women’s Day on 8 March.

Programmed artists are:
Goran Farkas (Istria, Croatia)
Habelas Hainas (Galicia, Spain)
Andy May Quartet (Newcastle, UK)

Saturday 8 March 2014

The conference will take place on Saturday 8 March 2014. Bagpipe specialists from all over Europe will exchange knowledge of their instruments, music and culture. The conference be followed by an evening dance organized by the SOAS French Folk Dance society in a location to be confirmed, featuring a local folk band.

We will consider papers that have a direct link to bagpipes:

  • Taxonomy/Organology
  • Playing techniques/Ornamentation
  • Cultural or Social Anthropology
  • Historical findings/iconography/recent history
  • Bagpipe making
  • Recordings/Archiving/Collecting
  • Gender Studies

As the conference coincides with International Women’s Day, women delegates and papers with a gender angle are strongly encouraged.

Any other theme directly related to the bagpipes will be considered.

The one-day conference be held on 8 March 2014 in Chancellor’s Hall, Senate House, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HU, Brunei Building.

There are limited funds available to help support international travel costs for speakers.

Interested participants should submit a paper title, an abstract of no more than 500 words complete with your institutional affiliation or profession and contact details by 1 December 2013 to

Successful applicants will be notified by 31 December 2013.

Closing date: 1 December 2013
Conference date: 8 March 2014
Organiser: Cassandre Balosso-Bardin (School of Oriental and African Studies)
Selection Committee: Cassandre Balosso-Bardin, Dr. Andy Letcher, Dr. Jean-Pierre Van Hees
Conference address: Chancellor’s Hall, Senate House, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HU