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The Music and Science Lab of Durham University’s Department of Music is pleased to announce a Workshop-Symposium in cross-cultural research methods in music and emotion, on the 14th of September 2019 at St.Chad’s College, Durham University. Keynote lectures will be delivered by Prof. Dr. Tom Fritz (Max Planck CBS Leipzig) and Dr. Libby Damjanovic (Liverpool John Moores University).

Emotional reactions are the cornerstone of music’s existence, regardless of socio-cultural setting. The possibilities of research in the field of music and emotion are limitless; at the same time, however, the amount and implementation of available research methodologies, which can benefit researchers working in music psychology, are not always known across disciplines.

A most important facet of research, trial and error in methodology, is not often the topic of open discussion among colleagues of different research teams. Scholars may often adopt methodologies and practices which yield poor results, unbeknownst to them whether a specific approach already has been tried and failed by another team who may be somewhat unwilling to discuss difficulties, focusing only on successful results. The symposium will also specifically aim to open up questions regarding empirical research in experimental psychology and neurology in music, and how research in the field may be enhanced by adopting fieldwork practices from ethnomusicology and anthropology.

This workshop-symposium aims to: 

  • Review research methodology for cross-cultural research in human emotions in relation to music.
  • Explore how such methodologies are used in different contexts and cultures.
  • Bring together scientists, post-graduates, and working professionals from different disciplines and backgrounds.
  • Enhance subject-specific knowledge and promote networks in relevant fields.
  • Share new and innovative perspectives on implemented research methodology and bring it to the forefront of cross-cultural research in music and emotion.
  • Promote impact generating collaborations between established experts in the respective fields.

This event is free to attend. Our objective is to share new and innovative ideas on implemented research methodology and bring it to the forefront of cross-cultural research in music and emotion. It is our hope that this will enhance the critical awareness of potentials and constraints of empirical methodological implementations, and explore techniques used from other disciplines.

Important dates:

Abstract submission deadline: 28 May, 2019

Notification of acceptance: 24 June, 2019

Registration deadline: 1 August, 2019

Symposium date: 14 September, 2019

Organising committee: Dr. George Athanasopoulos, Dr. Imre Lahdelma, Mr. Thomas Lennie

Communication e-mail: methods.music-emotion@durham.ac.uk, georgios.athanasopoulos@durham.ac.uk