[ 9. April 2016 ]

CALL – Karlsruhe Symposium – Second call for papers.

Subject: Karlsruhe Symposium – Second call for papers.

From: John Dack

Seventh International Symposium on

Music /Sonic Art: Practices and Theories

MuSA 2016 – Karlsruhe (IMWI)

30 June – 3 July, 2016

Hochschule für Musik, Karlsruhe –

Institut für Musikwissenschaft und Musikinformatik (IMWI)

Am Schloss Gottesaue 7, 76131 Karlsruhe


We are pleased to announce the Seventh International Symposium on Music

and Sonic Art: Practices and Theories (MuSA 2016), 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 2016 is also supported

by Middlesex University, London. The dates of the Symposium are 30

June-3 July, 2016.

Deadline for submission: April 25^th , 2016

Keynote presentations will be given by:

Professor Denis Smalley – /The Composition and Reception of Sonic



Professor Marc Leman – /Theory and application of expressive enactment

in music-based (bio)feedback systems/


Professor Denis Smalley will also give a three-day composition

master-class. Enquiries about this event should be directed to:

Professor Dr Thomas Troge at

Proposals for sessions and individual papers for the Seventh

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;

musa2014.zilmusic.com; zilmusic.com/musa2015.


The principal aim of MuSA 2016 is to advance interdisciplinary

investigations in – as well as between – Music and Sonic Art. Following

the interdisciplinary debate MuSA 2015 opened up on the role of embodied

approaches to music and sonic art, MuSA 2016 will expand the theme of

embodiment to the areas of cognition, emotion and space.

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

·Embodying emotions in music and sonic art;

·Cognitive processes of embodiment;

·Neuromusicology / neuro-scientific approaches to musical experiences

·Creative uses of space and emergence of meaning;

·Gesture and space as constituents of meaning and expression;

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

·Methods for embodied analysis;

·Phenomenology of the performing body;

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

·Pedagogies of embodiment in music and sonic art;

·Ecological, biological, neuroscientific and evolutionary approaches to


·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 2016 will include the popular, one-day event devoted

to ‘Re-thinking the Musical Instrument’, focusing in particular on the

role of /tradition(s)/ in the origination, making and playing of musical


Some of the topics that will be explored during this one-day event 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 (MS Word format please) of approximately

250-300 words as an e-mail attachment to j.dack(at)mdx(dot)ac(dot)uk

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) – all in MS Word format, please. Deadline for the receipt of

abstracts is Monday, 25 April 2016. Notification of acceptance will be

sent by 9 May 2016.


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


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. Dr. Miroslav Spasov (Keele University, UK) –


Dr. John Dack (Middlesex University, UK) – j.dack(at)mdx(dot)ac(dot)uk

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

Prof. Marlon Schumacher (IMWI, Karlsruhe) –


Timothy P. Schmele (IMWI, Karlsruhe) – t.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