Handwritten dance music notebooks in Scandinavia and beyond

Welcome to the conference Handwritten dance music notebooks in Scandinavia and beyond, arranged at Linnaeus University in Växjö on November 21–23, 2017.

Handwritten dance music notebooks in Scandinavia and beyond is an international, scientific conference combined with a professional music and dance festival and pedagogical workshops.

The aim of the conference is to deepen our knowledge and provide a new perspective on the spread of melodies and dances in Scandinavia in olden days, as well as their use in Scandinavian cultural life today. We also hope that Handwritten dance music notebooks in Scandinavia and beyond, as a focused manifestation and international meeting place, can function as an injection of energy for the continued visualisation of an exciting but still underutilised cultural heritage that many of the Scandinavian countries have in common.

The conference is aimed at researchers, practitioners, pedagogues, students and representatives from the civil society, who in different ways work with or study older dance music notebooks.

During three inspirational days, you will get to take part of a common Scandinavian – and international – meeting place for researchers, professional musicians and dancers, as well as the large group of amateur practitioners within folk music and dance. Thanks to this combination of different specialisations, the conference Handwritten dance music notebooks in Scandinavia and beyond becomes an arena for exchange of knowledge and experience between different fields of activity.

Organisers As part of the 25th anniversary celebration of Smålands Musikarkiv (The Music Archives of Småland) in 2017, jointly hosted by Linnaeus University and Musik i Syd – and in cooperation with other Scandinavian sister institutions – we invite you to a three-day conference with concerts and workshops in Växjö, Sweden on November 21–23, 2017. In this way, we want to highlight and discuss the position of handwritten dance music notebooks within both historical and contemporary contexts.

Welcome!