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Study Day: Methodologies in Researching the Social Impact of Music-Making

Posted: November 12th, 2019 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

Organizer: Department of Music, Iceland University of the Arts
Location:    Skipholt 31, 105 Reykjavík, Iceland.
Date:             March 19th 2020
Contact:      Dr. Þorbjörg Daphne Hall, [email protected]
Keynote:     Professor Nicola Dibben (University of Sheffield): “Co-creating tools to evaluate the social impacts of music-making: a case study from Colombia.”
Support:     Centre for Research in Music, Iceland University of the Arts

Music’s potential to be a force for social change is well documented in scholarship from music therapy, ethnomusicology, and musicology, for example. This study day aims to consider the various approaches, tools, and methods we use to research the social impacts of music.  With postgraduate and early career researchers in mind, the study day will be a platform to discuss the challenges that can arise working with diverse communities, from the methodological to the ethical and beyond.

This includes addressing questions such as the following:

  • How do we research music’s social impact, including positive and negative affects?
  • How do we use music, music-making, and/or music research to build more inclusive societies that challenge hate and discrimination?
  • How can we approach data collection among disparate and/or contested sites of research?
  • How can the presence of a researcher be disruptive in sites of conflict, or in certain social contexts? Are there best practices we can learn to counteract that?
  • What are the strengths and limitations of music researchers investigating socially-engaged music projects?
  • To what extent can music researchers, musicians, and music educators be activists for social change?

The one-day event will offer a friendly environment to take part in a stimulating and challenging discussion and to meet other scholars working on the social impact of music, in particular issues relating to music and social (in)justice from within the Nordic countries and beyond.

Call for Contributions:

We welcome proposals from a range of methodological approaches, from all academic fields. Presentations can take the form of papers, workshops, performance-lectures, research film, or other formats suitable for the project. Proposals from postgraduates and early-career researchers are particularly encouraged.


Please submit all proposals to Þorbjörg Daphne Hall ([email protected]) by December 6th 2019 with the following information:

  • Abstract (max. 200 words)
  • Submission type
  • Author information: name, email, affiliation and position
  • Author’s biography (max. 100 words)
  • Any special technical requirements (optional)

Deadline for submission is 6th December 2019
Notification of acceptance will be 18th December 2019.

Provisional Schedule:

The study day is provisionally planned to run from 9:00 until 17:30. There will be an optional social gathering in the evening for those who are staying in Reykjavík for the night. Participants who arrive the day before are invited to attend the launch of the book Sounds Icelandic: Essays on Icelandic Music in the 20th and 21st Centuries at 4 pm on March 18th at the Department of Music.

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