Call for papers: EvoMus Workshop in Vienna, Austria


Call deadline: October 23, 2013 (23:59 CET)

We welcome contributions (15-20 minutes including questions) describing original research on the evolutionary origins of music (see workshop description below for details). Experimental and empirical contributions are particularly encouraged. Short abstracts (.doc files following the standard Evolang format) of max. 1 page (including references) should be sent to with “Evolang Workshop Submission” as subject. Confirmation of submission will be given.

Submission deadline: October, 23rd 2013 (23:59 CET)
Notification of acceptance: November, 17th 2013

The purpose of this workshop is to (i) provide a common platform for researchers from a range of fields (syntax, phonology, typology, biomusicology, ethnomusicology, neuroscience, etc) to compare results and methodologies, (ii) discuss and integrate findings from different disciplines within the evolutionary and cognitive frameworks, (iii) develop critical hypotheses whose empirical testing can shed light on issues at the frontier between the evolution of language and music.
EvoMus: The evolution of music and language in a comparative perspective
This workshop will hence compare recent findings on language and music along three lines of inquiry: evolutionary, cognitive and methodological.

  1. The evolutionary approach: What is the relationship between the origins of language and music? Can findings in one discipline inform the other? Which experiments are crucial to reject or accept hypotheses of common origins? Are the common origin (a musilanguage split into language and music) and branching (music originated by scission from language or vice-versa) hypotheses tenable at all?
  2. The cognitive approach: To what extent do language and music processing overlap in the brain and mind? How can experimental studies inform us about shared neural resources? In particular, do structural similarities in language and music map to shared processing mechanisms?
  3. The methodological approach: Current research on language evolution makes, among others, broad use of agent-based modeling, iterated learning experiments and comparative research in non-human animals. How are similar techniques used to investigate the evolution of music? What kind of models and computer simulations could be “imported” from language to music research (and vice versa) successfully and meaningfully?

For further description, see the workshop description!

Andrea Ravignani
Department of Cognitive Biology, University of Vienna
Althanstrasse 14. 1090 Vienna, Austria

Call for papers: EvoLang 10 in Vienna, Austria


Call deadline: September 13, 2013

The 10th International Conference on the Evolution of Language will be held on 14th-17th April 2014 in Vienna at the Department of English of Vienna University.

The 10th International Conference on the Evolution of Language (Vienna, April 14th-17th, 2014) invites substantive contributions relating to the evolution of human language. Submissions may be in any relevant discipline, including, but not limited to, anthropology, archeology, artificial life, biology, cognitive science, genetics, linguistics, modeling, paleontology, physiology, primatology, and psychology. Normal standards of academic excellence apply.

Submitted papers should aim to make clear their own substantive claim, relating this to relevant scientific literature, and briefly setting out the method by which the claim is substantiated, the nature of the relevant data, and/or the core of the theoretical argument concerned. Submissions may be theory-based, but empirical studies should not rest on preliminary results.

Submissions can be made (by Sept. 13th, 2013) both for podium presentations (20 minutes plus 10 minutes for discussion) and for poster presentations. They are limited to one first-authored podium presentation and one first-authored poster per person. There is no limit on second authored submissions. – When submitting, please indicate whether your submission is to be considered for inclusion as a talk, as a poster, or as either of the two.

For both podium and poster presentations, there are two possible types of submission: (a) Full papers, which can have a length of between 6 and 8 pages, and (b) Abstracts, which can be up to 2 pages long.

All accepted submissions will be published in a bound proceedings volume to appear before the start of the conference.

For detailed instructions on how to submit a paper or poster go to the submission section.

For further information, please visit the official homepage:

SMPC 2013


Title: SMPC 2013
Location: Toronto, Canada
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Start Date: 2013-08-08
End Date: 2013-08-11

The biennial meeting of the Society for Music Perception and Cognition will be held August 8-11, 2013 at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada. Ryerson has the fastest rate of research growth in the Province of Ontario (as measured by external research funding), and it leads the country in research publication growth over the past decade.

Toronto is an exciting conference destination, offering a diverse range of attractions, excellent dining, and world-class entertainment. The city is also safe and pedestrian-friendly, consistently ranked among the world’s most liveable cities.


Dr. Carol L. Krumhansl, Cornell University
“Musical Tension: Statistics, Structure, and Style.” For more information on Dr. Krumhansl’s work please click here


To coincide with SMPC’s efforts to help bring music perception and cognition research to the general public in order to promote broad interest in the field, we are pleased to offer a public lecture  by Dr. Daniel Levitin (Author of: “This is Your Brain on Music”) on Sunday August 11, 2013. Admission is free, and open to the general public as well as SMPC delegates. We hope to see you there!


Conference Chair
Frank Russo (Psychology, Ryerson University)
Operations Coordinator
Tristan Loria (Psychology, Ryerson University)
Program Chair
Michael Schutz (McMaster Institute for Music and the Mind):

FotFS VIII: History and Philosophy of Infinity


Title: FotFS VIII: History and Philosophy of Infinity
Location: Cambridge, England
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Start Date: 2013-09-20
End Date: 2013-09-23

The concept of infinity has fascinated philosophers and mathematicians for many centuries: e.g., the distinction between the potential and actual infinite appears in Aristotle’s Physics (in his treatment of the paradoxes of Zeno) and the notion was implied in the attempts to sharpen the method of approximation (starting as early as Archimedes and running through the middle ages and into the nineteenth century). Modern mathematics opened the doors to the wealth of the realm of the infinities by means of the set-theoretic foundations of mathematics.

Any philosophical interaction with concepts of infinite must have at least two aspects: first, an inclusive examination of the various branches and applications, across the various periods; but second, it must proceed in the critical light of mathematical results, including results from meta-mathematics.

The conference History & Philosophy of Infinity will emphasize philosophical, empirical and historical approaches. In the following, we give brief descriptions of these approaches with a number of questions that we consider relevant for the conference:

  1. In the philosophical approach, we shall link questions about the concept of infinity to other parts of the philosophical discourse, such as ontology and epistemology and other important aspects of philosophy of mathematics. Which types of infinity exist? What does it mean to make such a statement? How do we reason about infinite entities? How do the mathematical developments shed light on the philosophical issues and how do the philosophical issues influence the mathematical developments?
  2. Various empirical sciences deal with the way we as finite human beings access mathematical objects or concepts. Research from mathematics education, sociology of mathematics and cognitive science is highly relevant here. How do we represent infinite objects by finite means? How are infinite objects represented in the human mind? How much is our interaction with infinite concepts formed by the research community? How do we teach the manipulation of infinite objects or processes?
  3. Infinity was an important concept in philosophy and theology from the ancient Greeks through the middle ages into the modern period. How did the concepts of infinity evolve? How did questions get sharpened and certain aspects got distinguished in the philosophical debate? Did important aspects get lost along the way?

Scientific Committee. Brendan Larvor (Hatfield, U.K.), Benedikt Löwe (chair; Amsterdam, The Netherlands & Hamburg, Germany), Peter Koellner (Cambridge MA, U.S.A.), Dirk Schlimm (Montréal, Canada).


SEMPRE Conference: Music and Empathy


Title: SEMPRE Conference: Music and Empathy
Location: Hull, UK
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Date: 2013-11-09

This one-day SEMPRE conference hosted by the University of Hull will include invited presentations, a specialist workshop and selected submissions from researchers on the theme of music and empathy. In recent years there has been a growing interest in empathy in the fields of a variety of contexts, including education and development, emotion, expressiveness, and performance. This conference seeks to draw together current research from a range of areas, and to encourage and stimulate discussion on research in music and empathy.

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Tracking the Creative Process in Music


Title: Tracking the Creative Process in Music
Location: Montreal, Canada
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Start Date: 2013-10-10
End Date: 2013-10-12

International Conference – 2nd edition

10-12 October 2013
Observatoire interdisciplinaire de création et de recherche en musique

Faculty of Music, Université de Montréal

Languages : French/English


This conference, whose first edition was organized by Nicolas Donin and Vincent Tiffon in Lille (France) in 2011, brings together researchers interested in artistic creativity and the study of processes of musical and sound creation of the past and present. Researchers working on this cluster of problems from a wide variety of specialities (history, music analysis, genetic criticism, psychology, cognitive sciences, sociology, ethnomusicology, anthropology, etc.) are invited to assess the different methodologies developed in last thirty years in their respective areas in an interdisciplinary perspective. Each approach contributes in its own way to the advancement of our understanding of the procedures, techniques, knowledge and know-how employed by musicians involved in creative projects.


Nicolas Donin
Michel Duchesneau
Jonathan Goldman
Catherine Guastavino
Caroline Traube


OICRM: Observatoire interdisciplinaire de création et de recherche en musique.

IRCAM: Institut de Recherche et de Coordination Acoustique/Musique (Paris), Analysis of Musical Practices Research team.

With the collaboration of the Faculty of Music, Université de Montréal, the CIRMMT (Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology) and the Schulich School of Music, McGill University.

The conference is under the patronage of ESCOM (European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music).


A dedicated conference website in online at:

Website of the previous Conference:

Progress in Motor Control IX


Title: Progress in Motor Control IX
Location: Montreal, Canada
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Start Date: 2013-07-13
End Date: 2013-07-16

Important Dates:

  • Abstract Submission Deadline: February 14, 2013
  • Early Registration Deadline:  May 1st, 2013


The three-day meeting brings together experts in diverse areas of Motor Control including the performing arts, such as dance, circus arts and music. There will be two scientific plenary sessions per day addressing the following areas:

  • Cortical and spinal mechanisms of motor control
  • Variability and redundancy in motor control
  • Equilibrium-point control and perception-action coupling
  • Motor control of speech and language
  • Motor control and recovery from injury
  • Motor control and the performing arts


Language Sciences in the 21st Century: The interdisciplinary challenge


Title: Language Sciences in the 21st Century: The interdisciplinary challenge
Location: Cambridge, UK
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Start Date: 2013-10-03
End Date: 2013-10-04

Cambridge Language Sciences is hosting a major conference, Language Sciences in the 21st century: The interdisciplinary challenge, at West Road on 3-4 October 2013. The aim is to bring together an international group of researchers, whose work crosses traditional disciplinary boundaries, in order to explore key issues in language sciences. We hope the conference will be both a venue for the presentation of important new work and also a platform for Cambridge’s growing profile in this area.

The conference will include invited speakers, symposia, presented papers and posters. The four thematic strands will be:

Philosophy of language meets computational linguistics

Diversity and universals

Beyond our primate inheritance: Neurobiological and evolutionary approaches to language

Interdisciplinary perspectives on multilingualism

The first step in putting together the programme will be to gain an idea of the range of contributions which could come from Cambridge, how they may fit within the conference strands, and how they represent the emergence of broader approaches and themes. We are not, at present, inviting submitted papers. Expressions of interest based on cooperative or collaborative research are particularly welcome.

If you are a Cambridge researcher interested in the possibility of presenting your work at the conference, please contact Jane Walsh in the first instance by the end of January 2013 ( indicating which theme or themes you feel your research might relate to, providing a brief description of your work and also an indication of how it meets the “interdisciplinary challenge”.

International Congress of Linguists


Title: International Congress of Linguists
Location: Geneva, Switzerland
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Start Date: 2013-07-22
End Date: 2013-07-27

The International Congress of Linguists (ICL) takes place every five years, under the governance of the International Permanent Committee of Linguists (CIPL). The last congress took place in Seoul, year 2008. The Société Suisse de Linguistique (SSL) submitted a proposal for the organization of the 19th congress, in 2013, in Ferdinand de Saussure’s city, one century after his death. Geneva was chosen for the venue, and the Congress will take place there, from July 21 to July 27.

The title of the Congress is :

The Language-Cognition Interface

The sessions organisers have been chosen by the scientific committee :

1. Saussure and his legacy: Frederick J. Newmeyer (University of Washington, Seattle, USA, University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University, Canada).
2. Origin of language and human cognition: Anne Reboul (Institute for Cognitive Sciences, CNRS, Lyon, France).
3. The life, growth and death of languages: Claire Bowern (Yale University, USA).
4. Phonology and Morphology: Marc van Oostendorp (Meertens Instituut, Amsterdam, Netherlands).
5. Theoretical and comparative syntax: Luigi Rizzi (University of Sienna, Italy, and University of Geneva, Switzerland).

6. Semantics, pragmatics, discourse

7. Psycholinguistics: Ulrich Frauenfelder (University of Geneva, Switzerland).
8. Sociolinguistics and multilingualism: Edgar Schneider (University of Regensburg, Germany).
9. Experimental and computational approaches to language and linguistics: Eric Wehrli (University of Geneva, Switzerland).
10. Varia: Stephen Anderson (Yale University, USA).

The keynote speakers have been chosen by the Scientific Committee:

  1. History of linguistics: Giorgio Graffi, University of Verona, Italy.
  2. Sociolinguistics: Peter Auer, University of Freiburg, Germany.
  3. Syntax: Liliane Haegeman, University of Ghent, Belgium.
  4. Semantics: Angelika Kratzer, University of Massachussets, Amherst, USA.
  5. Origin and evolution of language: W. Tecumseh Fitch, University of Vienna, Austria.
  6. Pragmatics and cognition: Philippe Schlenker, Institut Nicod, Paris, France; University of New York, USA.
  7. Neurolinguistics: Karen Emmorey, San Diego State University, USA.
  8. Computational linguistics: Mark Johnson, Macquarie University, Australia.

Contact: 19icl(at)unige(dot)ch

International Symposium on Performance Science


Title: International Symposium on Performance Science
Location: Vienna, Austria
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Start Date: 2013-08-28
End Date: 2013-08-31

Performing Together

The ISPS 2013 theme, Performing Together, is intended to encourage discussion and debate on collaborative performing activities of all types and between various constituents.

Key dates

1 March 2013: End of early registration
15 April 2013: Deadline for papers for the ISPS proceedings
28 August 2013: Start of ISPS 2013


The following keynote speakers will appear at ISPS 2013:

Tecumseh Fitch
University of Vienna (Austria)
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Peter Keller
University of Western Sydney (Australia)
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Emma Redding
Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance (UK)
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Alan Wing
University of Birmingham (UK)
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Further information about the program will be posted here in February 2013.