Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Book presentation: An Introduction to Serbian Arts Education

For the celebration of the 10th Anniversary of "Serbian Month in Great
Britain", supported by the Serbian Council in Great Britain

You are cordially invited to the presentation of the newly published book

An Introduction to Serbian Arts Education: Critical Perspectives
Edited by Evangelos Himonides, UCL and Vera Milankovic, University of
the Arts Belgrave

published by iMerc Press, on Behalf of the Society for Education,
Music and Psychology Research (SEMPRE) http://www.sempre.org.uk

Friday 2 February 2018, 7pm
Room 938, Core B, Level 9
UCL Institute of Education
20, Bedford Way
London WC1H 0AL

Light snacks and refreshments will be provided.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

PhD funding available

From Sensation and Perception to Awareness
University of Sussex, Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarship Programme
Deadline 5 March

The University of Sussex invites applications for PhD studentship
awards within the University's newly created Leverhulme Doctoral
Scholarship Programme entitled 'From Sensation and Perception to
Awareness'. Projects are offered within and across the following

• Psychology
• Neuroscience
• Physiology
• Artificial intelligence
• Robotics
• Philosophy
• Digital humanities
• Music

Music PhDs include:

- Entrainment and musical experience: New methods for investigating
individual experiences and group dynamics in ensemble music making
- Temporality and rhythmic perception in performance and their
representation in musical consciousness
- Musical composition and perceptions of light and colour

About the programme
The University of Sussex has been awarded one of 12 Leverhulme Trust
grants, totalling £1.05 million, to create a Doctoral Scholarship
Programme entitled 'From Sensation and Perception to Awareness'. This
brings together researchers and doctoral students from across
neuroscience, robotics, psychology and the arts. The ultimate aim of
this research programme is to advance our understanding of the
interactions between sensing, perception, and awareness in humans,
animals, and machines.

Our doctoral scholars will be immersed in an inter-disciplinary
training environment including monthly seminars and an annual
student-led conference on a topic related to the theme. A strong
emphasis is placed on developing technical skills, and we will provide
specialist training in areas such as programming and use of virtual
and augmented reality.

As part of this programme, Sussex will be providing fully-funded
studentships for three cohorts of seven students. The first of these
cohorts will start studying at Sussex in September 2018. Each
successful applicant will receive a tax free stipend at Research
Council rates (currently £14,553 per annum), a Home/EU fee waiver and
generous research and training costs. On completion of their PhD, our
the programme alumni will be eligible to apply for one of several 12
month postdoctoral research fellowships at Sussex, available only to
completing Leverhulme DSP scholars.

Applicants should be UK or EU citizens and should have/expect to have
at least a 2:1 undergraduate honours degree. A master's degree in a
relevant discipline is strongly desirable.

Applicants must have a willingness to participate in interdisciplinary
training and seminars relating to 'sensation, perception, and

How to apply
Applicants should select ONE of the advertised research projects (see
below), and develop this into a more detailed research proposal.
Guidance on writing a research proposal can be found here.

Applicants will then need to apply, through Sussex's online PhD
application form, to the PhD course linked to the department of your
chosen supervisor (e.g. Psychology, Life Sciences) and enter
'Leverhulme' in the sources of funding box.

Your completed application should include your project proposal, your
CV, and any other information requested e.g. degree certificates and
transcripts and English language qualifications.

Monday 5 March - Deadline for applications.

Thursday 22 and Friday 23 March - Interviews (note that all interviews
will be conducted by the programme management committee, which is
cross-disciplinary in nature).

Wednesday 28 March - Applicants notified regarding the outcome of
their application.

Any questions concerning your chosen research project should be
directed to the project supervisor, as listed on the project

Any questions relating to the Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarship
Programme, or the application process, can be sent to Dean Brooks,
Doctoral School Coordinator, at doctoral-funding@sussex.ac.uk.

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
mats.kuessner@hu-berlin.de 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 musicandgentrification@gmail.com by Friday 16

Institute of Musical Research

Senate House

Malet Street

London WC1E 7HU

E: imr@rhul.ac.uk

W: www.the-imr.uk

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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 (s.kruger@ljmu.ac.uk) by 18 February 2018.


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


For further information about JWPM, please see https://journals.equinoxpub.com/index.php/JWPM/index.


Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Funded doctoral studentship on Social Impact of Making Music

In co-sponsorship with www.simm-platform.eu 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: www.gsmd.ac.uk/simmstudentship

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.

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