Following the 2nd SIMM-posium in 2017, the 7th SIMM-posium will in 2022 again be organized at and by the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, this time in a close collaboration with the Copenhagen based Rhythmic Music Conservatory and its Centre for Research in Artistic Citizenship (CReARC/RMC) and of course also with the research platform SIMM.

It will exceptionnally last 3 days in order to be able to include an extended session devoted to the outcomes of the AHRC/SIMM-funded international comparative research project developed since 2020 in 4 countries (UK, Finland, Colombia and Belgium).

This SIMM-posium will aim to be in-person (maximum registration 100), but it will also allow online attendance.
There is provision in the programme for only up to 40 brief (10 minute) presentations of research or research-related work in progress (or critical reflections on research), which are curated into thematic panels of four to five presentations followed by a plenary discussion.  Presentations of practice with no relation to research are excluded.

The keynote speaker at the 7th SIMM-posium was German sociologist Hartmut Rosa.  During his keynote ‘Being in Resonance in Social Music Projects’ Hartmut Rosa presented his theory of being in resonance as a way for being in relationship to the world and how this can be of interest to people developing social and community music projects with diversely composed groups of participants.

The recording of Hartmut Rosa’s keynote can be found here on Vimeo.

You can find out about Hartmut Rosa’s thoughts and work by listening to our interview with him during the SIMM-podcast episode #15 + this amazing conversation he had with Bruno Latour.

Presentations on research concerning any aspect of making music’s social impact have been welcomed, but a specific interest during this conference will concern the following topics:

  • Training for socially engaged musicians
  • Interprofessional collaboration
  • SIMM-practice during the pandemic
  • The practice of facilitation within SIMM-projects

The scientific committee for the 7th SIMM-posium is composed of: Brydie-Leigh Bartleet (president SIMM / director Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre, Griffith University), Jo Gibson (tutor Guildhall School of Music, London, UK), Luc Nijs (IPEM, Ghent University, BE / Associate Professor in Early Childhood Music Education, University of Luxemburg), Lukas Pairon (founding director SIMM / chair holder Academic Chair Jonet & Centre on social action & music making, Ghent University, BE), John Sloboda (research professor Guildhall School of Music, London, UK) and Maria Westvall (Centre for Research into Artistic Citizenship / CReARC, Copenhagen, DK)

The detailed programme including the abstracts of all the presentations of this 3-day conference can be found by opening this document here.

And here is a short overview of the different sessions, with links to the video-recordings on vimeo:


-session on ‘assessing impact’ (chair: Filip Verneert) – video on Vimeo

Laura Abello – Université Toulouse / EMIS (FR)

Brydie-Leigh Bartleet – Creative Arts Research Institute, Griffith University (AU)

Griet Verschelden & Siebren Nachtergaele – Ghent University of Applied Sciences and Arts (BE)

-session on ‘inclusion / empowerment’ (chair: Brydie-Leigh Bartleet) – video on Vimeo

Janie Cole – University of Cape Town (SA)

Michael Davidson – SOAS (UK)

Gillian Howell – University of Melbourne (AU) @ Ameen Mokdad (TR/IQ)

Deanna Yerichuk – Wilfrid Laurier University (CA)

Olivia McLennan – Guildhall School of Music and Drama (UK)

-session on ‘training socially engaged musicians (chair: John Sloboda):

Ana Coric – University of Zagreb (HR)

Maria Varvarigou – University of Limerick (IR)

-presentation on future SIMM events (by Lukas Pairon)

-Hartmut Rosa’s keynote ‘Being in Resonance in Social Music Projects’ (chair Q&A: Lukas Pairon) – video on Vimeo


-panel session on ‘the socially-engaged composer’ (chair: Lukas Pairon) – video on YouTube

Toby Young – Guildhall School of Music and Drama (UK)

Julian Philips – Guildhall School of Music and Drama (UK)

Hollie Harding – Guildhall School of Music and Drama (UK)

-panel session on ‘training socially engaged musicians’ (chair: Dave Camlin) – video on YouTube

Dave Camlin – Royal College of Music (UK)

Catherine Birch – York St-John University (UK)

Ceri Tippetts – Royal Welch College of Music (UK)

Graham Dowdall – Goldsmiths (UK)

Jess Abrams – Edinburgh College / Sound Sense (UK)

Tim Palmer – Trinity-Laban Conservatoire of Music and Drama (UK)

-panel session on ‘interprofessional collaboration’ (chair: An De bisschop) – video on YouTube

Anita Prest – University of Victoria, British Columbia (CA)

Scott Goble – University of British Columbia (CA)

Hector Vazquez – University of Victoria, British Columbia (CA)

Beth Tuinstra – Memorial University of Newfoundland (CA)

Kim Boeskov – CReARC (DK)

-panel session on ‘interprofessional collaboration’ (chair: Geoffrey Baker) – video on YouTube

Karen Avenburg – University Buenos Aires (AR)

Alina Cibea – University Buenos Aires (AR)

Veronica Talellis – University Buenos Aires (AR)

Valeria Atela – National University of San Martin (

Viviana Valenzuela – University Buenos Aires (AR)


-session on ‘practice of facilitation’ (chair: Joanne Gibson):

Heloisa Feichas & Rejane Harder – University of Minas Gerais (BR)

Imogen Flower – Guildhall School of Music and Drama (UK)

Georgia Nicolaou – University of Antwerp / Royal Conservatory of Antwerp (BE)

Ian Middleton – Universidad de los Andes (CO)

Irena Müller-Brozovic – Anton Bruckner Privatuniversität (AT)

An De bisschop – Ghent University College of Applied Science and Arts (BE) & Filip Verneert – Catholic University Leuven / LUCA School of Arts (BE)

-session on ‘SIMM-practice during pandemic’ (chair: Lukas Pairon):

Tina Huynh – University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA (US)

Rosie Perkins – Royal College of Music (UK) & Caitlin Shaughnessy – Royal College of Music / University of Roehampton (UK)

Veronica Talellis – University of Buenos Aires (AR)

-findings international research project session 1 + 2 (chair: Brydie-Leigh Bartleet):

John Sloboda – Guildhall School of Music and Drama (UK)

Sari Karttunen – University of the Arts Helsinki (FI)

Heidi Westerlund – Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts Helsinki (FI)

Anemone Van Zijl – Ghent University College of Applied Science and Arts (BE)

An De bisschop – Ghent University College of Applied Science and Arts (BE)

Jo Gibson – Guildhall School of Music and Drama (UK)

Juan Sebastian Rojas – Universidad de los Andes (CO)

Alessandro Mazzola – University of Liège (BE)

Julian Castro-Cifuentes – Juan N Corpas University (CO)

Gloria Zapata Restrepo – Universidad Distrital Francisco José de Caldas (CO)

Geoffrey Baker – Royal Holloway, University of London (UK)