Monday, October 24, 2016

SIMMposium2 2017

SIMM-POSIUM: 2nd Research Symposium on Social Impact of Making Music (SIMM) 2017

Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London, 8-9 July, 2017

Closing date for proposals and expressions of interest: 15 February, 2017

This symposium will bring together researchers, practitioners
interested in research, and policymakers concerned with social
welfare, to build and strengthen a network of professionals wishing to
deepen rigorous and evidence-based understanding of how active
participatory music making may be used to bring measurable social
benefits to groups of individuals in diverse situations.

This network is one strand of activity of the newly formed
International Centre for Social Impact of Making Music, directed from
the University of Ghent, Belgium, but intended to involve
institutional partners in various countries, which will support a
programme of collaborative research training and development under the
guidance of international experts in the field.

In order to preserve a lively and fully participatory dialogue, the
number of participants will be restricted to 60, based on written
expressions of interest. There will be provision in the programme for
up to 30 brief (10-15 minute) presentations of research or
research-related work in progress (or critical reflections on
research), which will be curated into thematic panels of four to five
presentations followed by a plenary discussion.

Presentations on any aspect of making music's social impact will be
welcome, but we hope to include sessions on the following topics:

- Making music in the complex social ecology of the metropolis:
opportunities and challenges for London and other mega-cities
- Experiences from the global south: impact of context and culture
- The role of conservatoires and other higher education institutions
in delivering social impact of making music

A keynote address will be given by Samuel Araujo, Ethnomusicology
Laboratory, Federal University of Rio De Janeiro.

The programme will be overseen by a scientific committee whose members are:

Geoffrey Baker Royal Holloway / Institute of Musical Research
Susan Hallam UCL Institute of Education
Jennie Henley Royal College of Music
Francois Matarasso Writer and Researcher
Lukas Pairon SIMM Centre, University of Gent
John Sloboda Guildhall School of Music & Drama

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