CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS
Fifth Research Symposium on Social Impact of Making Music
Dates: Friday 18 & Saturday 19 December 2020
Venue: Centre for Fine Arts (BOZAR), Brussels (Belgium)
Closing date for proposals and expressions of interest: 30 June 2020
Applications to be sent to Alexandra Gelhay (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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The aim of these yearly international meetings is 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 social benefits to groups of individuals in diverse contexts and situations. Following four previous successful and inspiring editions (in Ghent-Brussels, London, Porto and Bogotá), this year’s 5th SIMM-posium – organized by the international research platform SIMM in collaboration with (and at) the Brussels Centre for Fine Arts (BOZAR) – will again bring together individuals and organizations developing research in this field. Practitioners and policymakers with an interest in research are also warmly invited to apply to attend, though formal presentations will be limited to those actively involved in research.
The international research platform for Social Impact of Making Music (SIMM) operates as an independent scholarly association (www.simm-platform.eu). The SIMM platform is based in Brussels and involves institutional partners in various countries and continents. SIMM is also working on collaborative research training seminars and on the development of international comparative research, under the guidance of international experts in the field.
An overview of recent research subjects and types of participants in this field can be found in Prof John Sloboda’s presentation at the 4th SIMM-posium in Bogotá (2019).
There will be provision in the programme for up to 25 brief (10-minute) presentations of past research or research in progress, which will be curated into thematic panels of four to five presentations followed by a plenary discussion. Presentations are expected to focus on research projects, questions, or debates, not presentations of practice. The language of this SIMM-posium is English.
The programme will be overseen by a scientific committee whose members are:
- Marta Amico, Université de Rennes (France)
- An De Bisschop, HOGENT – University College Ghent (Belgium)
- Graça Mota, CIPEM – Centro de Investigação em Psicologia da Música e Educação Musical, Porto (Portugal)
- Lukas Pairon, SIMM (Belgium)
- Anemone Van Zijl, HOGENT – University College Ghent (Belgium)
Registration: Registration fee for the entire event (including coffee breaks, and two lunches) will be € 70.
Call for participants: Expressions of interest should be sent by email to Alexandra Gelhay (email@example.com), no later than 30 June 2020. This should include name, institutional affiliation, current professional role(s) and a maximum 250-word statement of relevant professional experience and background (why you wish to attend this symposium).
Those wishing to make a presentation of a research project should additionally include a title and a 200-word abstract.
Expressions of interest should be submitted as a single document containing all relevant material, in word or pdf format.
Participants experiencing financial hardship may be eligible for a limited number of SEMPRE bursaries to cover part of their travel and accommodation expenses, and they should indicate their interest in such support along with their expression of interest.
Successful applicants will be notified no later than 30 July 2020 and will then be invited to register and pay the symposium fee. The conference organisers will supply information about hotel and accommodation options to successful applicants. Delegates will be responsible for making their own travel and accommodation arrangements.