[ 11. Februar 2015 ]

CALL – Call for papers

Dear List

Sixth International Symposium on

Music/Sonic Art: Practices and Theories

MuSA 2015 – Karlsruhe (IMWI)

25-28 June, 2015

Hochschule für Musik, Karlsruhe –

Institut für Musikwissenschaft und Musikinformatik (IMWI)

Am Schloss Gottesaue 7, 76131 Karlsruhe


We are pleased to announce the Sixth International Symposium on Music
and Sonic Art: Practices and Theories (MuSA 2015), an interdisciplinary
event to be held in Karlsruhe, Germany at the Institut für
Musikwissenschaft und Musikinformatik (IMWI)
(http://www.hit-karlsruhe.de/hfm-ka/imm/). MuSA 2015 is also supported
by Middlesex University, London. The dates of the Symposium are 25-28
June, 2015.

Proposals for sessions and individual papers for the Sixth
International Symposium on Music and Sonic Art: Practices and Theories
are invited from academics, independent researchers, practitioners and
post-graduate students. Presentation formats include academic research
papers (20 minutes + 10 minutes for discussion); reports on
practice-based/artistic research or educational programmes (20 minutes +
10 minutes for discussion); and workshops, panel sessions,
lecture-demonstrations (30 minutes + 15 minutes for discussion). The
Symposium committee encourages presentations in which practice forms an
integral part of the research. All proposals will be ‘blind’
peer-reviewed. The Symposium language will be English. Previous themes
and topics can be seen at: musa2012.zilmusic.com, musa2013.zilmusic.com,


The principal aim of MuSA 2015 is to advance interdisciplinary
investigations in – as well as between – music and sonic art.  Following
the success of MuSA 2014 in opening up interdisciplinary debate on the
role of embodied approaches, MuSA 2015 will continue to probe this
research area through the Symposium theme: Exploring embodiment in music
and sonic art.

We invite submissions on the following, and other related topics:

·Body movement and emergence of meaning;

·Embodied approaches to creativity;

·Kinematics and haptics as background for music and sonic art research;

·Gesture and expression;

·Methods for embodied analysis;

·Phenomenology of the performing body;

·The body within socio-cultural contexts of music and sonic art;

·Pedagogical contexts for embodied approaches to music and sonic art;

·The body in interpersonal sound-based communication;

·Ecological, biological, neuroscientific and evolutionary approaches to

·Historical roots of embodied approaches in theory and practice;

·Technology and embodiment;

·Artificial intelligence and embodiment;

·Critical discourses of embodiment in practice and research;

·Embodied aesthetics;

·Embodiment in collaborative research;

Other topics that are in line with the Symposium’s broad aim of
promoting interdisciplinary research within and across Music and Sonic
Art will also be considered.

In addition, MuSA 2015 will devote one day to the specific
theme:Re-thinking the Musical Instrument

Within the thriving discipline of musical performance studies, there is
a general tendency to speak of ‘the performer’ as an abstract category
without taking into account the kind of /musical instrument/ that
mediates the act of music making and music as a temporally emergent,
sounding phenomenon. In reality, different kinds of musical instruments
involve different expressive means (and at times different
expressive/artistic aims), engender different phenomenologies of
performance making, and generate different kinds of performer
identities. The nature of the embodied interaction with different
instruments in composition and performance, and the expressive and
communicative meanings that emerge as a result of such interaction
constitute a largely unexplored research territory.

Some of the topics that will be explored include:

·The acoustical, musical, cultural, symbolic, and ritualistic qualities
of musical instruments and the relationships between these
(theoretically) distinct kinds of qualities;

·The discourses that exist in relation to musical instruments in
different genres, styles and traditions;

·The gestural affordances and ergonomic principles of musical
instruments and the musical meanings that emerge as a result of these
affordances and principles;

·Performers, improvisers and their instruments: phenomenologies of music
making in the context of particular kinds of musical instruments;

·Composer and instruments: the material, acoustical and expressive
qualities of instruments and their relationship to musical languages
composers create;

·Relationships between creativity in performance, nature of musical
interpretation and musical instruments;

·The role of the musical instrument in the creation of musical identities;

We invite proposals on any research area related to the nature and use
of western acoustical instruments, traditional ethnic instruments and
digital/virtual instruments.


Please submit an abstract of approximately 250-300 words as an e-mail
attachment to musa2015(at)btinternet(dot)com

Please specify whether you wish your abstract to be considered for the
one-day ‘Re-thinking the musical instrument’ event.

As contributions will be ‘blind’ peer-reviewed, please do not include
information that might facilitate identification from the abstract. In
addition, please include separately the name(s) of the author(s),
institutional affiliation (if any) and short biography (approximately
100 words). Deadline for the receipt of abstracts is Monday, 27 April
2015. Notification of acceptance will be sent by 8 May.


The Symposium fees are: €120 for delegates (day rate: €40), €100 for
presenters (day rate: €35), and €60 for students and others who qualify
for concessions (day rate: €20).

If additional information is required please do not hesitate to contact
Prof. Dr. Mine Doğantan-Dack or any member of the symposium committee:

Prof. Dr. Mine Doğantan-Dack (University of Oxford) –


Prof. Dr. Thomas A. Troge (IMWI, Karlsruhe) – troge(at)hfm(dot)eu

Prof. Dr. Denis Lorrain (IMWI, Karlsruhe) – lorrain(at)hfm(dot)eu

Prof. Dr. Paulo Ferreira-Lopes (Universita Cattolica Porto/
HfM-Karlsruhe) – pfl(at)hfm(dot)eu

Prof. Miroslav Spasov (Keele University, Music Department) –

Dr. John Dack (Middlesex University, Art & Design / Science &
Technology) – j(dot)dack(at)mdx(dot)ac(dot)uk

Adrian Palka (Coventry University) – arx110(at)coventry(dot)ac(dot)uk

Timothy P. Schmele (IMWI, Karlsruhe)  – t(dot)schme(at)gmail(dot)com

Administrative support: Gundi Rössler (IMWI, Karlsruhe) –

Dr John Dack – Senior Lecturer (Science & Technology)
PhD, MA, MSc, MMus, PGDipMIT, BA (Hons)
The Grove Building, room 226
Middlesex University
The Burroughs
London NW4 8HT