Friday, March 11, 2016

Fwd: Musedelica: First symposium on psychedelic music - Final Call for Proposals

This the final call for an exciting new symposium taking place here at
Sussex this summer. The symposium is interdisciplinary and may be of
particular interest to those involved in music, psychology, sociology,
neuropharmacology, cultural studies, anthropology and other related
disciplines. The deadline to submit proposals is March 15th, 2016.

Best regards

Gemma Farrell

Musedelica: First symposium on psychedelic music
Call for Proposals:

The first Musedelica symposium will be held June 14-15th, 2016 at the
Sussex Humanities Lab, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK. The
symposium will bring together students, early career researchers,
independent researchers and music producers from the field of
psychedelic music and related areas.
The symposium focusses on psychedelic music, especially (but not
limited to) electronic dance music and other fields related to
psychedelic drugs and music. Proposals are welcome from researchers in
any field; see the list of topics below for more details.
In addition to giving students and early career researchers the chance
to present their research in an intimate and friendly academic
setting, Musedelica will bring together researchers from a range of
fields, facilitate the sharing and synthesis of new ideas, and help to
shape an exciting and interdisciplinary field of research.

The deadline to submit proposals is March 15th, 2016
(Notification of acceptance by March 31st, 2016)
To submit your proposal, please visit and click
on 'submit proposal' at the top right corner of the page or email as
an attached document to Proposals should be
around 300-500 words.

20-30 mins. We are interested in submissions that address the topics
listed below. Proposals should outline how the work relates to one or
more of the conference themes. Please also provide a 150-word
(maximum) biography.

10-20 mins. This could be a performance of a piece of psychedelic
music, perhaps incorporating a short talk about its psychedelic or
trance state-inducing elements. A demonstration of your composition
practice or performance practice would also be of interest. Proposals
should outline how the work relates to one or more of the conference
themes and should comprise: A description of the work (including
duration), 150-word (maximum) biography and a technical rider
(technical specifications of the venue are available on request).

Topics of interest
 Electronic dance music, the psychedelic experience and/or trance state
 Psychedelic music (of any genre) and the psychedelic experience
and/or trance state
 The embodied experience of composing, appreciating and/or dancing
to psychedelic music
 Music festivals and the psychedelic experience, including issues
surrounding well-being and harm reduction
 Psychedelic substances and the composition, perception and/or
appreciation of music
 Dancing and the trance state and/or psychedelic experience
 Music cultures and the psychedelic experience and/or trance state
 Music cultures and the prohibition of recreational drugs
 The process, practice and/or experience of composing psychedelic music.
 New methodologies/directions in the research of psychedelic music
 Other related topics: this is not a definitive list, so please
contact me with ideas.

Funding is being sought and I will know whether this has been
successful towards the end of March. If funding is obtained, the
symposium will be free of charge and participants will just need to
obtain funding from their own institution to cover the cost of travel
and accommodation. If the symposium does not attract funding, the cost
of registration will be around £40.
I look forward to receiving your proposal!