1st International Conference on Computation, Communication, Aesthetics and X


Title: 1st International Conference on Computation, Communication, Aesthetics and X
Location: Bergamo Città Alta, Italy
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Start Date: 2013-06-27
End Date: 2013-06-28

The development of computational tools and media has been radically transforming the landscape for the practice of design, the arts and numerous cultural manifestations. Recognizing this, xCoAx is designed as a multi-disciplinary and nomadic enquiry on arts, computers, computation, communication and the elusive x factor that connects them all.

xCoAx is a forum for the exchange of ideas and the discovery of new and profitable synergies. It is an event exploring the frontiers of digital arts with the participation of a diverse confluence of computer scientists, media practitioners and theoreticians, that will focus on the relations between what can and cannot be computed, what can and cannot be communicated, what is beautiful and how humans and computational systems intersect in the development of new directions in aesthetics.


Day one: Conference and keynote. All presentations will be selected by double-blind peer-review by an international and multidisciplinary scientific committee. Presentations will be organized in panels chaired by a moderator that will sum up the presentations and lead a discussion with the authors and audience. A guest keynote will close the day.

Day two: Demos, poster presentations, exhibition and performances. All demos and posters will be exhibited at various spaces in and around the conference room and the cloisters of UniBG Sant’Agostino. Presentations and discussion will be organized throughout the afternoon, networking authors and audience. During the evening, performances will be presented at Bergamo’s Piazza Vecchia, the central location of the Bergamo Città Alta.

Sixth International Conference of Students of Systematic Musicology


Title: Sixth International Conference of Students of Systematic Musicology
Location: Genoa, Italy
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Start Date: 2013-09-12
End Date: 2013-09-14

Sixth International Conference of Students of Systematic Musicology (SysMus13)

CasaPaganini-InfoMus Research Center (DIBRIS-University of Genoa, Italy) is pleased to host the Sixth International Students’ Conference of Systematic Musicology (SysMus13), this coming September 12th-14th, 2013. Organized by graduate students, the SysMus conference series allows young researchers in the field of systematic musicology at the master’s and doctoral levels to present their work in the form of papers, poster sessions and online publications. SysMus13 also provides participants with the opportunity to enjoy keynotes given by internationally renowned specialists and to meet colleagues from around the world. The program will also include a workshop on multimodal recording of music performance using the EyesWeb open software platform. A special session is planned to be organized with a renowned composer, whose music might be performed in a concert.

Systematic Musicology

All research involving meaning, description, and technological mediation of music can be related to musicology. However, the complexity of musical engagement in socio-cultural contexts engenders different networks of research and knowledge, with distinct interdisciplinary configurations, methods and specializations. Systematic musicology specifically deploys this methodological diversity so as to approach each musicological question with a specific configuration of methods. In doing so, systematic musicology often bridges methodological foundations of sciences with critical analysis from the humanities. It promotes the study of aesthetics, semiotics, and cultural studies by incorporating empirical and data-oriented methods into the methodological framework. It relies on paradigms from different disciplines as diverse as the philosophy of aesthetics, theoretical sociology, semiotics, and music criticism, combined with strategies derived from empirical psychology, acoustics, physiology, neurosciences, cognitive sciences, computing, and others. Please visit the website of the SysMus conference series for more information on the scope, methods and aims of systematic musicology: SysMus Conference Series

Workshop: Concepts and categorization in linguistics, cognitive science and philosophy? (CC2013)


Title: Workshop: Concepts and categorization in linguistics, cognitive science and philosophy? (CC2013)
Location: Düsseldorf, Germany
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Start Date: 2013-05-15
End Date: 2013-05-16

Aims and Scope:
The study of concepts lies at the intersection of various scientific disciplines, both formal and empiric. Linguistics deals with concepts as basic semantic units of natural (or ideal) languages, aiming to uncover their logical constitution and structural relationships within a given linguistic system. Cognitive science is interested in concepts insofar as they are the constituents of thought ? e.g. some kind of mental entities (or objects) ? which are used in an explanation of such diverse psychological phenomena like categorization, inference, memory, learning, and decision-making. In philosophy the challenge imposed by concepts consists, among other things, in linking a theory of intentional content with a theory of knowledge (e.g. Peacocke?s challenging question: ?How can our conception of truth in one area be reconciled with the means by which we think we come to know truth about that area??) and thereby establishing a relationship between reference, knowledge and reality, putting the notion of ?concept? in the broader area of epistemological and metaphysical issues.

In recent research ? for instance in the development and discussion of Minsky?s and Barsalou?s frame-theory ?, linguists, cognitive scientists and philosophers have collaborated more and more to contribute to a unified understanding of concepts and conceptual categorization. As welcome as this interdisciplinary programme is, however, the joint venture suffers (so far) from the fact that it is generally left unclear how exactly the different studies on concepts and categorization undertaken in the participating sciences relate to each other. What do linguists, cognitive scientists and philosophers mean by the notion of ?concept?? Is there some sort of core-theory of concepts and conceptual categorization underlying linguistic, psychological and philosophical research? If not, how and why do the specific theories differ?

Keynote Speakers:
Hans-Johann Glock, Universität Zürich, Switzerland
Matthias Kaufmann, Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg, Germany
Edouard Machery, University of Pittsburgh, USA
Albert Newen, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany

The workshop is organized by the projects A01 ?Mathematical modeling of frames? and A05 ?Presuppositions of Frame Theory in the History of Philosophy? in the Collaborative Research Centre CRC 991 ?The Structure of Representations in Language, Cognition and Science? funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG).

Organizational team: Tanja Osswald, Lars Inderelst, David Hommen

Geneva Colloquium on Music and Emotion (GCME)


Title: Geneva Colloquium on Music and Emotion (GCME)
Location: Geneva, Switzerland
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Start Date: 2012-11-14
End Date: 2012-11-17

The Swiss Center of Affective Sciences in Geneva announces a new interdisciplinary colloquium series – the Geneva Colloquium on Music and Emotion (GCME). The first edition – GCME 2012 – is held from November 14-17, 2012 in conjunction with a new festival — the Music & Science Festival in Western Switzerland (Lausanne and Geneva), co-organized with the Geneva Opera, the High Schools of Music in Lausanne and Geneva, and the international music competition Concours de Genève. Symposia and workshops on the following topics are presented: The emotional roots of music evolution; Cognition-emotion interaction in listener reactions to music; Music-emotion interactions across history; Neuropsychological research on emotional reactions to music; Emotional interpretation and the singing voice; The singer’s paradox – emotional interpretation in opera. Among the invited speakers are Emmanuel Bigand, Tecumseh Fitch, David Huron, Gino Leonardo Di Mitri, Michael Spitzer, Johan Sundberg, and Lawrence Wuidar. In addition, researchers from the Center’s focus on Music and Emotion present ongoing research projects in colloquium sessions as well as in an interactive Research Bazaar. The co-organization with the Music & Science Festival allows intensive interaction between scientists and different players from the world of music – composers, conductors, musicians, singers, critics as well as the public. The program is completed by major concert and opera events in the evenings.

For further information see http://www.affective-sciences.org/event/GCME and www.femusci.org

Symposium on Music and Language: I. Development


Title: Symposium on Music and Language: I. Development
Location: Montreal, Canade
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Start Date: 2013-05-03
End Date: 2013-05-04

The symposium will be our first annual meeting on the comparison between music and language. This comparison is the core interest of our newly formed consortium of researchers working in the area of language and music in Quebec (www.crblm.ca). In line with the interdisciplinary seminars and workshops organized by Ian Cross and colleagues in the UK during 2010-2011 and dedicated to the relationship between language and music, these Montreal-based annual meetings aim to push the boundaries beyond the traditional partition of language and music. In 2013, we aim to explore overlap and divergence between language and music in development. While research has been conducted into the development of musical abilities in children, or music perception in infants, the question of the relationship between language development and aspects of musicality has not been (much) investigated. In the symposium, we aim to identify specific research questions, which could lead to empirical investigation.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Nina Kraus (Northwestern University)
  • Jenny Saffran (University of Wisconsin)
  • Laurel Trainor (McMaster University)
  • David Poeppel (New York University)
  • Ani Patel (Tufts University)
  • Linda Polka (McGill University)
  • Sandra Trehub (University of Toronto and University of Montreal)
  • Fred Genessee (McGill University)
  • Lucie Ménard (University of Quebec at Montreal)

Round table on sensitive periods

Chair: Virginia Penhune

Participants: Etienne de Villers, Denise Klein, Laurel Trainor, Jenny Saffran

There will be a call for posters and for short oral presentations

Organizing committee: Isabelle Peretz, Vince Gracco, Lucie Ménard and Laetitia Cremona.



The second international conference of CMPCP’s Performance Studies Network


Title: The second international conference of CMPCP’s Performance Studies Network
Location: University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK
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Start Date: 2013-04-04
End Date: 2013-04-07

Ninety-seven speakers will present their work during the four-day conference, with sessions on such diverse topics as:

  • Vocal practices
  • Improvisation
  • Creative resistance
  • History and/of performance
  • Embodiment
  • Practice, rehearsal, experimentation
  • Reading notation, scores, works
  • Analysis and/or performance
  • Rhythm, metre and musical time
  • Performers and recordings
  • Instruments and collaborations
  • Experiencing sound
  • Touch, gesture and shape
  • Communication and collaboration
  • The practice of piano performance
  • Developing musicians

The programme will also feature sessions convened by CMPCP project leaders.

On 5 April, a conference dinner will be held at St John’s College, and on 6 April a keynote workshop featuring performers from the Britten Sinfonia will take place, followed by a concert for conference delegates. There will be live performances during many of the conference sessions.

To register for the Performance Studies Network conference, please use the online sales system at www.cmpcp.ac.uk/conference2.html. Further information about the conference is available from the CMPCP Coordinator, David Mawson (dgm41@cam.ac.uk).

Conference Programme Committee: John Rink (Chair), Eric Clarke, Nicholas Cook, Daniel Leech-Wilkinson, Tina K. Ramnarine

The AHRC Research Centre for Musical Performance as Creative Practice

(CMPCP) was launched in October 2009, with a five-year research programme focused on live musical performance and creative music-making. The Centre is undertaking five research projects with associated workshops, in addition to awarding Visiting Fellowships and three doctoral studentships. CMPCP’s international Performance Studies Network fosters collaborative research between scholars and performers.

“Come Dance with Me”: Movement Control in Brain and Body


Title: “Come Dance with Me”: Movement Control in Brain and Body
Location: McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario
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Start Time: 09:00
Date: 2012-10-13
End Time: 22:00


Dr. Emily Cross, School of Psychology, Bangor University

Dr. Gammon Earhart, Physical Therapy, Washington University

Dr. Jessica Phillips-Silver, BRAMS, University of Montreal

 ***NEW*** Poster Session on the Science of Music and Dance



“The Multisensory Percussionist”:

Speaker and Performer: Dr. Michael Schutz, McMaster University

Musical Guests: TorQ Percussion Ensemble, Toronto, ON

If you register before September 15th, cost of the full day event is $80 ($50 for students) and includes breakfast and lunch. After September 15, registration is $100 ($75 for students).
If you wish to attend only the Keynote Concert, cost is $25 ($15 for students).
Please register early by following this link to ensure a spot, as space is limited.

For more details and poster submission information, visit http://mimm.mcmaster.ca.  Talk titles, lecture abstracts, maps, dinner ideas, where to stay in Hamilton, and more will be available in the coming weeks.

A promotional poster for this event is attached. If you have further questions or would like to stop receiving MIMM announcements, please contact hotsonl@mcmaster.ca. Please do not reply directly to this email.

ICREA International Symposium on Biolinguistics


Title: ICREA International Symposium on Biolinguistics
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Start Date: 2012-10-01
End Date: 2012-10-03

The meeting, sponsored by the Catalan Institute for Advanced Studies (ICREA), and organized by Cedric Boeckx, will take place at the Aula Magna of the Universitat de Barcelona (historic building).  The meeting, open to the public (no registration fee required), will provide an interdisciplinary forum focused on the biological foundations of the human capacity for language. It will bring together eminent scholars in cognitive science, ethology, genetics, neuroscience, comparative psychology, theoretical linguistics, philosophy of mind, paleoneurology, robotics, paleogenomics, and more. Here is an alphabetical list of invited participants:

-Albert Bastardas (U. Barcelona, ICREA Academia program)
-Luca Bonatti (ICREA/U. Pompeu Fabra)
-Emiliano Bruner (CENIEH, Burgos)
-Ruth de Diego Balaguer (ICREA/U. Barcelona)
-Tecumseh Fitch (U. Vienna)
-Koji Fujita (U. Kyoto)
-Judit Gervain (CNRS, U. Paris Descartes)
-Toni Gomila (U. Balearic Islands)
-Kleanthes Grohmann (U. Cyprus)
-Simon Kirby (U. Edinburgh)
-Carles Lalueza-Fox (U. Pompeu Fabra)
-Kazuo Okanoya (U. Tokyo)
-Christophe Pallier (CNRS/INSERM-CEA, Paris)
-Antoni Rodriguez-Fornells (ICREA/U. Barcelona)
-Joana Rossello (U. Barcelona)
-Douglas Saddy (U. Reading)
-Wendy Sandler (U. Haifa)
-Ricard Sole (ICREA/U. Pompeu Fabra; Santa Fe Institute)
-Luc Steels (ICREA/U. Pompeu Fabra)
-Sonja Vernes (Max Planck, Nijmegen)
-Charles Yang (U. Pennsylvania)

In addition to these invited talks, members of the Barcelona Biolinguistics Inititative and their collaborators will present posters featuring their recent works.

A complete program will be available next month.

Workshop “Cognitive Modules and Interfaces”


Title: Workshop “Cognitive Modules and Interfaces”
Location: SISSA, Trieste, Italy
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Start Date: 2012-09-17 (Talk of Noam Chomsky); 2012-09-18 (Workshop begin)
End Date: 2012-09-19

Different fields of cognitive sciences – language acquisition, music, mathematics, reasoning, animal communication, pragmatics and social cognition – and their interactions, as well as neuroscience will be the topics of this workshop.


LUCA BONATTI // ICREA and Pompeu Fabra Uni. Barcelona – Spain
At the origin of human rationality: infants’ reasoning about future events

STANISLAS DEHAENE // Collège de France and Neurospin, Saclay – France
From word to sentence: in search of the brain mechanisms for constituent structure

LUCIANO FADIGA // University of Ferrara and Italian Institute of Technology – Italy
On the sensorimotor grounding of speech and language

LILA GLEITMAN // University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia – USA
How to start at the beginning: the machinery of observational word learning

ISABELLE PERETZ // BRAMS/CRBLM University of Montreal – Canada
Music, language and modularity framed in action

CONSTANCE SCHARFF // Freie Universität Berlin – Germany
Thinking about language evolution at the zoo: insights from flies, birds, and bats

DAN SPERBER // CEU, Budapest – Hungary
Domain-general reasoning in a modular mind

Between June 16th and September 10th 2012

On September 17th, Noam Chomsky will give a lecture on “The minimalis program and language acquisition”.


Workshop “Language, Music and Cognition”


Title: Workshop “Language, Music and Cognition”
Location: Cologne, Germany
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Start Date: 2012-09-27
End Date: 2012-09-29

Please write an e-mail to Markus Philipp

The working group “Language, Music and Cognition (LMC)” will host the first international workshop “Language, Music and Cognition – Psychological and neurocognitive modeling of action, perception, processing and learning” at the University of Cologne!

The goal of this workshop is to provide an interdisciplinary and stimulating discussion forum for different approaches of psycho- and neurolinguistics, psychological and neurocognitive modeling of linguistic process, and communication and music.

The workshop consists of three thematic sessions:

  1. System and semantic of linguistic representations and neurocognitive modeling
  2. Prosody, gesticulation, and gesture: Functional and formal representation
  3. Music and Language: Neurocognition of prosody and syntax within comparative music language research paradigm

Invited peakers:

  • Kai Alter (Newcastle, UK)
  • Thomas Bever (Arizona, USA)
  • Ina Bornkessel-Schlesewsky (Marburg)
  • Mara Breen (South Hadley, USA)
  • Julie Chobert (Marseilles, France)
  • Ulrike Domahs (Marburg)
  • Evelina Fedorenko (MIT, USA)
  • Steven Frisson (Birmingham, UK)
  • Andrea Martin (Edinburgh, UK)
  • Jutta Mueller (MPI, Leipzig)
  • Nan Yun (Beijing, PR China)
  • Mante Nieuwland (Edinburgh, UK)
  • Kazuo Okanoya (Tokyo, Japan)
  • Markus Steinbach (Goettingen)
  • Matthias Schlesewsky (Mainz)
  • Martha Tyrone (New Haven, USA)
  • Gert Westermann (Lancaster, UK)
  • Richard Wiese (Marburg)
  • Petra Schumacher (Mainz/Cologne)

Local organizer:

  • Coordinator: Markus Philipp (markus.philipp@uni-koeln.de)
  • Martine Grice (martine.grice@uni-koeln.de)
  • Beatrice Primus (primus@uni-koeln.de)
  • Uwe Seifert (u.seifert@uni-koeln.de)

We are looking forward to seeing you there!
Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.