International Conference on Music and Consciousness

Firth Court, University of Sheffield

17th - 19th July 2006
University of Sheffield, UK

A conference jointly organised by The University of Sheffield Department of Music and The University of Newcastle's International Centre for Music Studies.

Sponsored by the Society for Music Analysis (SMA) and the European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music (ESCOM).

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Aims of the Conference

The last 10 years or so have seen the emergence of consciousness studies as a multi-disciplinary field of inquiry, partly driven by rapid developments in the neurosciences, but also stimulated by renewed interest within philosophy and the arts and humanities more generally. There is a long history of thought about the relationship between music and consciousness, and this conference was intended as a forum to bring together the diverse fields within which that thinking has gone on. The aim of the conference was therefore to approach the subject in as broad and inclusive a manner as possible, to provide an opportunity to discover different ways in which the relationship has been theorised and described, and to propose some of the ways in which future research and practice might develop. The conference consisted entirely of plenary sessions so as to enable the most inclusive and wide-ranging participation, and significant amounts of time were be allocated for discussion.


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