Annual Conference 2019

14th Annual Conference: 22 - 23 Feb 2019

Social Interaction and Change through Music: Applications and approaches


Location: University College Dublin

Keynote: Jonathan Stock, Professor of Music (University College Cork)

Research and education have historically been the two primary pillars of the university. More recently, however, social responsibility has become an issue of increased importance for academia. Concurrently, the significance of research related to music outside the academy is also recognised. This has led to various applied fields of study that focus on issues such as community engagement, dialogue, advocacy, and sustainability. These fields extend the usual remit of academia, that of deepening and broadening knowledge, in order to intervene positively into the researched human and cultural environment. Applied studies can however raise a number of interesting ethical questions around the role of the academic in society.

The theme for this year’s conference invites scholars to address issues related to research on music and the use of music as a medium for social, political and cultural action, interaction, and change. We particularly encourage scholars researching instrumental music, popular styles, community music, music therapy, folklore studies, musicology, ethnomusicology, and applied research inside and outside the academy to contribute to the discussion.


Conference conveners welcome submissions of 200-word abstracts from all relevant academic fields. Session presentations will be 20 minutes long. Shorter postgraduate presentations of works in progress may also be considered. ICTM Ireland aims to include an even mix of research on Irish and non-Irish case studies. Once again we particularly welcome short (10 minutes max.) video extract submissions, which will be shown between panel sessions.

Papers that address the following topics will be especially welcome:

  • Music and community
  • Music and belonging
  • Music and inclusion
  • Politics and music
  • Music and memory
  • Music and identity
  • Music as heritage

Please send abstracts to by 15 November 2018.


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