Sunday, January 21, 2018

Fwd: Call for Posters: KOSMOS Workshop "Mind Wandering and Visual Mental Imagery in Music", May 16-19, 2018 at HU Berlin

KOSMOS Workshop
"Mind Wandering and Visual Mental Imagery in Music"
Institut für Musikwissenschaft und Medienwissenschaft
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
May 16-19, 2018

Confirmed speakers

Prof. Rolf Inge Godøy (University of Oslo)
Prof. Jörg Fachner (Anglia Ruskin University)
Dr Ruth Herbert (University of Kent)
Dr Rebecca Schaefer (University of Leiden)
Dr Anthony Gritten (Royal Academy of Music)
Dr Daniel Margulies (MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig)
Dr Sebastian Stober (University of Potsdam)

The KOSMOS Workshop will be led by Dr Mats Küssner (HU Berlin), Dr
Liila Taruffi (FU Berlin), Dr Georgina Floridou (University of
Sheffield), and Prof. Tuomas Eerola (Durham University).

Call for Posters

The ability to create a life in the mind is one of the most
fascinating human capacities, and of interest to scholars in the
cognitive sciences and humanities alike. Mind wandering is a very
frequent mental activity that is defined as a shift of our attention
away from the external perceptual environment towards
internally-oriented, self-generated thoughts. These thoughts naturally
flow over time and vary in their content dimensions (e.g., temporal
focus, valence, intentionality) and form (images, music, speech,
words). Mental images can create vivid experiences as our minds start
to wander, and play a major role in creative processes as well as the
perception of art. While researchers have investigated the
significance and nature of visual mental imagery in connection with
literature or visual arts, relatively little is known about the
mechanisms and functions underlying mind wandering and visual mental
imagery in music, even though recent evidence suggests that this is a
common phenomenon. The central research question of this KOSMOS
Workshop is thus what are the cognitive, affective, aesthetic, neural
and phenomenological dimensions of the link between mind wandering,
visual mental imagery and music.

Proposals for posters will be welcomed from researchers in any
discipline from the sciences, social sciences or humanities that may
be able to advance a comprehensive understanding of mind wandering and
visual mental imagery in music.
The following non-exhaustive list illustrates some of the issues to be
discussed at the workshop:

- What is the nature of the link between music listening and visual
mental imagery?
- What are the functional uses of mind wandering and visual mental
imagery in music (e.g., evocation of emotion, enhancing
creativity/creative problem solving)?
- How do structural properties of the music relate to contents of mind
wandering during music listening?
- To what extent does music-elicited mental visual imagery overlap
with perceptual processes in our brain (e.g., in the primary visual
- How do mind wandering and visual mental imagery affect emotional
responses to music (and vice versa)? What is the nature of these
- To what extent do inter-individual differences in personality traits
play a role for mind wandering and visual mental imagery during music
- How does basic research on mind wandering and visual mental imagery
in music inform applications of music in health and wellbeing?

Submissions should be made electronically in Word or PDF format to by 28 Feb 2018. Please provide your name,
postal and email addresses, and any institutional affiliation on the
first page. Start your abstract on the second page and write no more
than 250 words.

We aim to notify all applicants about the outcome of the reviewing
process by the end of March 2018.

Travel bursaries for early-career researchers

The format of the KOSMOS Workshop particularly welcomes the
participation of early-career researchers (MA/PhD students and
Post-Docs). We are able to provide a limited number of travel
bursaries to help cover some of the costs of attending the KOSMOS
Workshop. To be eligible for a travel bursary, you must be a full- or
part-time student or an unwaged delegate who has been accepted to
participate in the KOSMOS Workshop. To apply, please provide the
following information on a separate sheet of paper: name, affiliation,
contact address, email, status, country of residence and amount of
funding sought. Please explain why you are unable to obtain funding
from other sources and how attendance of this KOSMOS Workshop benefits
your future research. Please submit your application for a travel
bursary together with your proposal for a poster by 28 Feb 2018.

This KOSMOS Workshop is generously supported by
- Future Concept resources of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin through
the Excellence Initiative of the German Federal Government and its
Federal States.
- The Society for Education, Music and Psychology Research (SEMPRE)
- Guger technologies (g.tec)

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Fwd: SIG notice: IMR Public Engagement Event: Music and Gentrification - CfP deadline extended

Call for Papers – Music and Gentrification

Public Engagement Event for the Institute of Musical Research

Goldsmiths, University of London, April 6, 2018

This one-day conference aims to address the ways in which music
supports and intersects with gentrification. It is a free event that
encourages dialogue between scholars and members of the public, as
well as between scholars within different disciplines. It is
particularly hoped that the event will be particularly geared towards
group discussions: it will be bookended by short discussions between
confirmed speakers, and a respondent who has worked on music and
gentrification outside of the academy.

Proposals are invited for papers of twenty minutes' length with ten
minute for questions, and shorter papers – of ten minutes with five
minutes for questions, or flexible panels – are particularly

Papers might focus on the following topics:

- How does the performance of music interact with and change urban space?

- How does music compare to visual art, traditionally seen as
the biggest vehicle for gentrification?

- What impact does the phrase 'urban music' have for
gentrification? More broadly, how is gentrification conditioned by
discourse on music?

- What impact do the musical categories of high and low, art and
popular, or underground and mainstream, have for gentrification?

- How does technology help mediate processes of gentrification?

- How are the categories of race, class, and even gender,
implicated in music and gentrification?

- What impact does heritage have for music and gentrification?

For more details on the four confirmed speakers, the rationale behind
the conference, and some bibliographic material, see the event

Please send an abstract of no more than 300 words and a biographic
note of 50-100 words to by Friday 16

Institute of Musical Research

Senate House

Malet Street

London WC1E 7HU



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Fwd: SIG NOTICE: Call for Reviews Editor: Journal of World Popular Music

  Call for Applications

Reviews Editor for Journal of World Popular Music


The editorial team of JWPM seeks to appoint a Reviews Editor for publications and other research-based outputs covering world popular music in all its forms and from a variety of academic and other perspectives.


The Reviews Editor is responsible for commissioning, developing and editing reviews of relevant books, special issues, magazines, CDs, websites, DVDs, online music releases, exhibitions, artwork, radio programs and world music festivals. JWPM aims to publish reviews which respond to the latest releases in the fields of popular music, ethnomusicology, anthropology, musicology, communication, media and cultural studies, sociology, geography, art and museum studies, and/or others.


Working closely with the Editor and Assistant Editor, the Reviews Editor identifies publications, exhibitions, conferences, etc. of interest and invites reviewers. After commission, the Editor oversees the writing and editing of each review, up to the point where it is ready for final copy-editing. The Reviews Editor is expected to deliver around 10 reviews per year.


The ideal candidate is well connected with scholars working on all aspects of world popular music, and closely monitors the state of the field, with an eye to commissioning reviews that will stand out as lasting contributions to academic debate.


Applications should consist of a CV and a brief cover letter (500 words) specifying the candidate's appropriate skills and qualities. Applications should be emailed to Dr Simone Kr├╝ger Bridge, Editor-in-Chief ( by 18 February 2018.


The new Reviews Editor will be appointed from 1 March 2018.


For further information about JWPM, please see


Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Funded doctoral studentship on Social Impact of Making Music

In co-sponsorship with Guildhall School is delighted to announce that applications are invited for a fully-funded 3-year doctoral studentship in the area of Social Impact of Making Music.  Closing date for applications is 28th March, with an open day for prospective applicants on 7th February.  The studentship would begin in September 2018.

Full details are here:

I would be most grateful if you would be able to pass information about this within your relevant networks.  I would be happy to answer questions that individual enquirers might have, as I would expect to be the principal supervisor of the successful applicant.

If you are on twitter, you might care to retweet:

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Professor John Sloboda awarded an OBE in the 2018 New Year's Honours List for services to psychology and music

30 December 2017

Professor John Sloboda awarded an OBE in the 2018 New Year's Honours List for services to psychology and music

Professor John Sloboda

Professor Sloboda has an extensive research profile in audience research, music performance studies, and music education.

Professor John Sloboda has been awarded an OBE in the 2018 New Year's Honours list for his services to psychology and music. Professor Sloboda has an extensive research profile in audience research, music performance studies, and music education, leading the Guildhall School's Understanding Audiences research initiative as well as being Emeritus Professor of Psychology at Keele University. He was a staff member there from 1974-2008, where he was Director of its Unit for the Study of Musical Skill and Development, founded in 1991.

Professor John Sloboda commented, "This national honour, of which I am very proud, also celebrates the growing prominence of music psychology as a valued component of musical education and professional practice in the UK and the wider world. I am very happy to have played a significant role in its development and impact over the last 40 years."

Professor Helena Gaunt, Vice Principal and Director of Guildhall Innovation commented, "This award recognises Professor Sloboda's eminent career in academia and the relevance of his research, an important part of the Guildhall School's diverse work exploring and enabling connections between musicians/artistic practitioners and society. Just as John has been central to developing music psychology as a research discipline, so his work at Guildhall has been ground-breaking, challenging and has supported the development of professional practice and professional education in music."

Sloboda is internationally known for his work on the psychology of music. He has previously been recognised for being:

  • A Fellow of the British Psychological Society
  • President of both the Psychology and General Sections of the British Association for the Advancement of Science.
  • President of the European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music, where he served on the editorial board of its journal Musicae Scientiae.
  • A member of the Society for Education and Music Psychology Research, and was previously Editor-in-Chief of its journal Psychology of Music from 1985-1989.
  • The recipient of the 1998 British Psychological Society's Presidents Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychological Knowledge.
  • Elected to Fellowship of the British Academy in 2004.

Recent work by Professor Sloboda has provided insights into audiences and their relationship to the composer and the musician, and he hosted and directed the 2nd International SIMM-posium conference in 2017, bringing together practitioners and researchers interested in the area of Social Impact of Making Music. While at Keele he founded Europe's first MSc in Music Psychology, and former postgraduate students now occupy leading academic positions internationally. He was also a member of the Senior Management Group of the think-tank Oxford Research Group and co-founder of the Iraq Body Count Project, in which he retains active ongoing engagement, as well as co-directing the charity Every Casualty Worldwide.

His books include The Musical Mind: the Cognitive Psychology of Music, and Exploring the Musical Mind: Cognition; Emotion: Ability: Function, both published by Oxford University Press.


Wednesday, December 27, 2017

An Introduction to Arts and Health: Research, Policy and Practice

'An Introduction to Arts and Health: Research, Policy and Practice'

This is a one-day event open to early career researchers designed to provide an overview of research, policy and practice in the field of Arts and Health. 


WHEN: Monday 16th April 2018, 9.30am-4.30pm

WHERE: Clarke Hall, Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0AL

WHO: Undergraduate and graduate students and early career researchers (within 8 years of completing a PhD)

COST: This is a free event and refreshments and lunch will be provided.

To book your space, please complete the registration form below. We will be reviewing all registration forms and contacting eligible individuals to offer them spaces. If you are neither a student nor an early career researcher but are interested in attending, you can register your details. However, you will be placed on a waiting list and your space will be confirmed 1 month prior to the event taking place.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Fwd: Permanent Position Opening: Lecturer in Music Enterprise, University of York

** This list is managed by Dr Evangelos Himonides (UCL), on behalf of the Society for Education and Music Psychology Research (sempre), and aims to serve as a discussion forum for researchers working at the shared boundaries of science and music. This list was previously managed by the Institute of Musical Research. ** MESSAGE FOLLOWS:

Lecturer in Music Enterprise

We are looking for a capable leader who will work in a new discipline area at the intersection of entrepreneurial practice, culture management, music education and community work. You will need to be familiar with relevant theory and practice within relevant discipline areas, including domains such as: Culture Management, start-ups and partnerships, in addition to the musical issues surrounding social enterprise, collaborative practice, education and outreach provision. The department already has significant strength in the areas of Community Music and Music Education, and we are looking to complement this provision with an outward-facing, innovative new course of international relevance.

The role includes teaching, research and administration elements. You will design, develop and deliver teaching for MA and undergraduate programmes and modules. Initially, you will develop and deliver a new Masters level course, through which we wish to proactively help musicians be equipped for the challenges of working in a fast-changing, 21st-century climate.  You will develop research objectives, projects and proposals, carry out research and contribute to the production of research outputs and outcomes. You will also be expected to supervise and examine research students.  In addition you will effectively undertake a range of administrative and managerial responsibilities. 

Your essential skills, experience and qualifications for this role will include:  A PhD in Music, Music Education, Music or Culture Management, specialist subject knowledge in Music Enterprise, Education and Culture Management, experience of leading and designing both Masters and Undergraduate level courses, and evidence of a strong track record in research.

The University of York is committed to promoting equality and diversity

Dr. Hauke Egermann

****please have a look at my TEDx talk: *****

York Music Psychology Group (Director)
Music Science and Technology Research Cluster
Department of Music
University of York
Heslington, York
YO10 5DD, UK

Phone: +44 - 1904 - 324303

Room: MRC / 003

 - my office hours are Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm - 


Dr Evangelos Himonides FRSA, FBCS CITP
Reader in Technology, Education, and Music
University College London