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Lecturer/Senior lecturer in Music – Malawi

Posted on December 21, 2010. Filed under: Uncategorized |


Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Music

Applicants at Lecturer Level must be holders of a Masters Degree in Music or Doctorate in an aspect of Music, e.g., Piano, Orchestra or Performance with a minimum of two years teaching experience at a recognized University or an equivalent institution. Those seeking the Senior Lecturer Level must provide evidence of their research experience as well as appropriate number of publications (either books or articles in refereed journals).

The successful candidate will be expected to:

  • Teach Music courses
  • Carry out research in Music
  • Supervise students research projects
  • Develop and execute short courses whenever necessary and carryout any other duties as may be assigned to them from time to time.

Salaries and other benefits will be commensurate with level of the position. Interested candidates should send their applications including a detailed Curriculum Vitae, portfolio, as well as names and addresses of three referees to:

The Registrar
Chancellor College
P.O. Box 280
Zomba, Malawi

Closing date for receiving application is 28 December 2010.

Because of the rapidly approaching closing date applications can be send by email to the Head of the Department of Fine and Performing Arts, Chancellor College”, Robert Chanunkha: “Robert Chanunkha” <>

Further information about the college:

(information sent in by Wim van Zanten)
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Bake Society 2009 Annual report (April 2009 – April 2010) by Jan van Belle

Posted on December 17, 2010. Filed under: Uncategorized |

General Remarks

In 2008 many important and new objectives have been set into a Five Year Plan, in general:

  1. broadening the the direction of the Society  from strict ethnomusicology to the study of performing arts  worldwide, reflected in the new subtitle of the Bake Society,
  2. redefining the function of the board (facilitate instead of initiate),
  3. increasing the participation of members by setting up a number of committees.

Details can be found on our website: and in the 2008 Annual Report.


The board maintained the website with information about the XVIth Regatta Lepa in Malaysia (April 18-19 2009), putting online the ISTAR Newsletters ( published in India by Joep Bor end Wim van der Meer from 1983-1985), the  Indian Music Newsletters (published by Jane Harvey and Huib Schippers from 1982-1985), and Joep Bor’s interesting article: “Studying World Music: The Next Phase”. Support was given to action groups and initiatives to save World Music on Dutch Radio and TV, and the board commemorated the passing away of the honorary member to the Bake Society Nazir Ali Jairazbhoy on June 20, 2009, emphasizing his immense contribution to musicology.

An important step forward was the first meeting with other Dutch and Belgian  Musicological Societies (including the Dutch branch  of IASPM, the International Association for the Study of Popular Music) on 11 March 2010, in order to investigate possibilities for cooperation. All participants agreed that cooperation is useful and necessary; meetings will be held two or three times a years to develop further plans and projects.

Two main events took place in 1009: The Bake Society Meeting on April 18, (see the report on our website) and the celebration of 25 Years Bake Society on November 28. (see below). The 2010 Annual Members Meeting  has been planned on 24 April 2010, followed by  a mini Symposium with the theme: “What is a Musicologist and Why?”. The board will propose various committees for panel discussions.


Our Peer Reviewed Multimedia Journal Oideion-Performing Arts Online (Current Issue nr. 4, July 2005), including Music, Dance, Verbal Art and Theatre is supposed to be a platform for young researchers. Unfortunately this year nothing has been published, so the Committee for Publications will be asked to take initiatives in approaching PhD and Masters Students.

Papers of the 2005 “International Conference “The Art of Seduction” will be published in September 2010.

Other publication projects are planned  for 2011-2013 and  are in progress.

This year contributions of the members to our website have been so minimal that the board will propose to stop this project.


Eventually the Project Committee has been discontinued, due to the absence of projects.

The Web Committee is redefining its tasks with more focus on networking and news service.

The board proposed a new Activities Committee, in the first place for the celebration of 25 years Bake Society on  28 November 2009.


The Meeting was well attended and  our chairman Wim van der Meer opened the day with a keynote on “The Emancipation of World Music” in the form of the Meristic Manifesto  with the subtitle: “ Big Musics and Small Musics of the World Unite!”, defining from a postcolonial perspective  the  music of the European colonizers as  “Big Musics”,  and their powerful position towards the “Small Musics” of the colonized, “third world” countries. The same counts for the dominant position of the American music in the neo-colonial era. Wim’s Manifesto was meant as a guideline for our Society to preserve the “Small Musics” in the world, going back from the concepts of the emancipation of music, autonomous  (classical) music in the 18th and 19th century, and comparing the emancipation of mankind with the emancipation of different musics in the world.  Exchange of different musics is in many cases an enrichment but this process can also produce a negative influence; an example can be found in Indian film music with its mix of many different musics from other cultures, but also menacing the music of the countryside. Preservation of “small musics” and a critical study of the exchange of between musics of countries with unequal power balance are important aims of musicologists and a “raison d’être” for the Bake Society.

Hein Calis looked back at the foundation of the Bake Society, and after the break the versatile background of the members of the Bake Society was reflected in papers by Klaus Kuiper on the Gending Ensemble (playing  avant-garde music on Javanese gamelan) and  Miriam Brenner about the foundation and progress of Music Meeting, a festival for World Music.

Jolanda Boejharat told about one of her projects on  Indian dance and Stan Rijven in his unique inspired style presented a paper on African music and its influence on Europe.

Of course live music was part of the day, by Satyakam Mohkamsing, violin accompanied by tablas, playing Indian raga music, and by Debbie Korfmacher with mbira recitals, accompanied by double bass.

After dinner and more live music Dj Stan Rijven played music  (25 years of World Music), which was the end of the first milestone in the history of the Bake Society.

Report written by Jan van Belle

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