We are pleased to announce a 2-day interdisciplinary conference (1-2 November, 2019) on music and lifetime memories, with Featured Lectures from Professor Andrea Halpern (Bucknell University, USA), Professor Lia Kvavilashvili (University of Hertfordshire, UK), Dr. Alexandra Lamont (Keele University, UK), and Professor Catherine Loveday (University of Westminster, UK).

Submissions for oral presentations are now being accepted (until 15 May 2019). The Call for Papers and Abstract Template are available here


Listening to music can trigger vivid lifetime memories, bringing one back to the sights, sounds, and feelings of past events. Music is often intimately associated with self-defining moments from our lives, and can play a significant role in shaping a person’s identity. Research on the link between music and autobiographical memories is crucial for critically assessing the validity of claims about the “power of music,” informing theoretical accounts of the mechanisms by which music induces emotions, and developing music-based interventions for people with memory disorders.

This conference aims to bring together researchers from music, psychology, neuroscience, anthropology, and other relevant disciplines to address the relationship between music and autobiographical memory, including, but not limited to, the following themes:

  • How and why does music become linked to lifetime memories?
  • How do music and personal memories interact in shaping one’s identity and self-concept?
  • What role does music play in the maintenance and retrieval of memories?
  • How does music relate to notions of collective memory and cultural transmission?
  • What role do cultural practices play in shaping the link between music and memories?
  • Can music be an effective cue for autobiographical memories in populations in which memory function has otherwise been compromised?

Important Dates

Abstract submission deadline: 15 May 2019

Notification of acceptance by:  30 June 2019

Registration deadline: 30 September 2019

Music and Lifetime Memories Conference: Friday 1st November – Saturday 2nd November, 2019

Organising Committee

Dr. Kelly Jakubowski, Dr. Liila Taruffi, Ms. Anita Ghosh

Event Details

Location: Lindisfarne Centre, Durham University, Durham, UK

Contact Email (Abstract Submissions and General Queries): music.memories2019@gmail.com

No registration fee will be charged for this event, to encourage participation from researchers of all backgrounds and career stages.

This event is funded by the Leverhulme Trust and hosted in association with SEMPRE.