Upcoming Meetings & Conferences

Conference announcements of interest to AIRS  (and submission deadlines, as available)

 2015 brings the 6th Annual Meeting of AIRS to be held in Nashville, July 31- August 1, prior to the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Music Perception and Cognition.   Other conferences of interest to AIRS members are also listed below.

Upcoming Conferences

The conference is a forum for the exchange of perspectives from a broad range of disciplines, including neuroscience, psychology, phenomenology, philosophy, sociology, musicology, performance studies, ethnomusicology, music therapy, and cultural history.  With invited contributions from:  Professor Judith Becker (University of Michigan); Professor Susan Blackmore (Freelance writer, lecturer and broadcaster, and Visiting Professor, University of Plymouth);  Professor Colin Blakemore (Institute of Philosophy, School of Advanced Study University of London).

  • LENA International Conference 2015 - From Research to Intervention, April 19th – 21st, 2015, Ritz-Carlton Denver, Colorado. Proposal submission begins  Aug. 11, 2014

  • Journal of Youth Studies conference,  March 30th – April 1st 2015, Copenhagen, Denmark.  Deadline for submission of abstracts has expired.  The conference theme is ‘Contemporary Youth, Contemporary Risks’, and the conference welcomes all with an interest in studying youth, regardless of discipline.

  • The Changing Face of Music and Art Education - Music Educators and Researchers of Young Children (CFMAE-MERYC) 2015, International Conference - Playful Sounds – Personhood, May 5-9, 2015, Tallinn University Institute of Fine Arts Department of Music, Tallinn, Estonia. Call for papers deadline is February 20, for abstract submission and March 10, notification of abstract acceptance.

    The aim of the joint international conference CFMAE-MERYC2015 is to bring together educators and researchers as well as practitioners in order to promote and generate new ideas about education and its impact in music and the arts. The focus of MERYC is interdisciplinary discussion and dissemination of new, unpublished research relating to the field of music and early childhood (0-8 years) in education (school and extracurricular contexts) and everyday life, both in theoretical research and innovative approaches to practice. The hosting CFMAE conference supports the focus of MERYC within a larger context of music and art education as well as related interdisciplinary fields.

  • The 11th International Symposium on Cognition and Musical Arts (SIMCAM), promoted by the Brazilian Association of Cognition and Musical Arts (ABCM) in partnership with the Federal University of Goiás (UFG), will be held in the historic city of Pirenópolis (near Goiânia), between 26 and 29 May.  Call for Papers: Deadline: February 22, 2015.

    The symposium will schedule conferences, roundtables, oral communications and poster sessions for research results and ongoing research. There will also be meetings of different working groups and artistic presentations.  Chair: Prof. Dr.  Sônia Ray - Federal University of Goiás,  soniaraybrasil@gmail.com

  • Canadian Society for Brain, Behavior and Cognitive Science (CSBBCS) conference, June 5-7, Ottawa; it will be held in collaboration with the annual convention of the Canadian Psychological Association.  Deadline for submissions to the CPA convention is Dec 1, 2014. If you are a students affiliate of the CPA section on Brain & Cognitive Science, be sure to apply for the STUDENT AWARDS. Proposals for Symposia -- January 23 to February 25, 2015. Abstract Submissions for Talks and posters -- February 27 to March 27, 2015.

  • 9th Annual International TRI Tinnitus Symposium: Tinnitus, From Cochlea to Brain and Back, June 7-10, 2015, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA.  Abstract submission opens on November 10, 2014.

  • The Art and Science of Improvisation, an international research Summer School,  8th-12th June 2015, Stord/Haugesund University College, Stord, Norway.  Deadline for submission of abstract has expired. Abstract submission: liv.qvale@uni.no

  • The Workshop on Infant Language Development (WILD) 2015,   June 10-12, Stockholm, Sweden. A forum for vibrant discussions between researchers working on different aspects of infant language development. Abstract submission deadline has expired.

  • 32nd International Conference on Psychology and the Arts, June 24-28, 2015, University of Malta, Valletta, Malta. Abstract deadline is May 1, 2015.

  • International Society for Research on Emotion (ISRE 2015), July 8-10, 2015, University of Geneva, Switzerland. Organized by the Swiss Center for Affective Sciences, pre- and post-conference events are also possible on July 7th and 11th, respectively.  The scientific program comprises plenary keynote lectures, symposia, individual talks and posters. Abstract submission deadline has expired.

  • AIRS 6th Annual Meeting.  The AIRS 6th Annual Meeting (2015) will  take place in Nashville, Tennessee  (Music City, USA ☺) July 30-31, prior to the biennial meeting of the Society for Music Perception and Cognition (SMPC) co-convened by Reyna Gordon and Elisabeth Dykens).  Abstracts for the AIRS Symposium will be requested by the end of February and a template will be provided for this as well as for interest in performing at the AIRS concert which will take place the evening of July 31.

    Dr. Ron Eavy, who is the chair of Vanderbilt's Department of Otolaryngology and director of the Bill Wilkerson Center for Otolaryngology and Hearing and Speech Sciences, has kindly agreed to serve as a liaison  between the SMPC local organizing committee and AIRS.  AIRS is looking forward to connecting with members of the renowned Voice Center and AIRS attendees.  The  dates July 31 and the morning of August 1 there will be some events for students, and the AIRS Policy and Planning Committee will be taking place on the evening of July 30. The SMPC conference itself will run from  August  1st, 1 pm to noon August 5th.

    Those attending the AIRS meeting will have the opportunity to present their research at SMPC by submitting abstracts through the SMPC website; deadline for submission has been extended to Feb. 13 at 11pm CDT.  Tentatively, please pencil in the dates July 30 and 31 on your calendar. The SMPC conference itself will run from July 31st 1 pm to noon August 5th. Those attending the AIRS meeting will have the opportunity to present their research at SMPC (by submitting abstracts through the usual SMPC channels), and AIRS will also be working with Jessica Grahn, the SMPC conference program organizer, to determine the possibility of including an AIRS event within the SMPC program itself (e.g., a special poster session on singing, a symposium, or singing performance event).

  • Conference on Auditory Development (spanning cellular/molecular to behavioral levels), Aug. 14 and 15, University of Washington, Seattle.  Contact Dan Sanes, dhs1@nyu.edu, for more information

  • Ninth Triennial Conference of the European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music (ESCOM)  17-22 August 2015, Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, UK. Abstract deadline 29 December 2014. Notification of acceptances and opening of early-bird registration - February 23, 2015.  Deadline for submission of full-text papers to be published in the conference Proceedings is May 15, 2015. Singing is one of the topic areas for submissions.  LINK

  • International Symposium on Performance Science (ISPS), 2-5 September 2015 will be hosted by Ryukoku University, Kyoto. This conference is intended to provide a platform for new research and discussion on processes of learning, training and review that enable effective performance. Specific research topics, fields of study, and methodological approaches have been left open intentionally to encourage interdisciplinary exchange. Submission deadline has expired.

  • ISMIR 2015 - 16th International Society for Music Information Retrieval Conference, 26-30 October 2015, Malaga, SPAIN.  MIR is a truly interdisciplinary area, involving researchers, developers, educators, librarians, students and professionals from the disciplines of musicology, cognitive science, library and information science, computer science, electrical engineering and many others. Therefore, like previous ISMIR editions, ISMIR 2015 will provide a venue for the exchange of ideas, issues, results and perspectives among the different profiles of people working with music and computing in a broad sense. ISMIR 2015 will cover the entire area of MIR, providing ample room for diversity and new developments. Important dates: March 27, 2015 - Tutorial proposal deadline; April 27, 2015 - Paper submission deadline; May 27, 2015 - Music submission deadline.

  • International Symposium in Learning and Teaching Music in the Twenty-First Century: The Contribution of Science and Technology (LTM21/AEM21),  November 5 – 7, 2015, Schulich School of Music, McGill University, and Department of Music, Université du Québec à Montréal, Québec, Canada. The aim of this bilingual (English-French) conference is to bring together researchers from instrumental and music pedagogy as well as those from performance,  science performance and music practices to discuss the contribution of scientific research and technological advancements in music learning and teaching contexts in the twenty-first century.  Submission deadline has passed.

Past Conferences

  • 5th Annual Expressive Therapies Summit - November 6-9, 2014, New York City, USA. The Summit is MULTIMODAL, featuring all of the creative arts therapies; INTERMODAL, emphasizing collaborative workshops by 2 or more specialists;     MULTIDISCIPLINARY, including professionals and content from other fields.

  • 9th Conference on Interdisciplinary Musicology. Technology is the theme of CIM14, which will be held on 04 - 06 December 2014 at Staatliches Institut für Musikforschung (National Institute for Music Research), in Berlin, Germany.  Technology is omnipresent in our lives and it plays an important role in contemporary social development, particularly in the so-called Westernised world. The role of technology in our daily life is even more so remarkable with the increasing ubiquity of technology, especially computing technology, in various activities of our contemporary society, music being a notable example. Yet, there is no single universally accepted definition of "technology".

    CIM14 will be aimed at all discourses on the interplay between technology and music, including collaborations between sciences and humanities, interactions between academic research and musical practice, and interdisciplinary combinations that are innovative, unusual, and creative. Abstract submission deadline has expired. For further details please click here


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