The Music Research Seminars series is our main seminar series for research into the cultural, historical, political and social dimensions of musical life. With contributions from researchers and musicians from within the Reid School and beyond, it’s a place to encounter and discuss new ideas, and gain fresh perspective on some old ones.

The Music Research Seminars currently take place on Wednesdays during the teaching weeks of each semester from 3:15pm. Most of the seminars take place in the Atrium (G10) at Alison House, 12 Nicolson Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9DF.

 The seminars last about an hour and are followed by a drinks reception.

If you have specific access needs, please contact us in advance.

Admission is free and all are welcome.

2019/20 seminars

18 Sep 2019Sonikebana: rich immersion and responsive play, can we have both?, Dr Martin Parker (University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh College of Art, Reid School of Music) | Alison House, Atrium (G10) | 3.15pm

25 Sep 2019New Orleans and the Creation of Transatlantic Opera, 1819-1859, Dr Charlotte Bentley (University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh College of Art, Reid School of Music) | Alison House, Atrium (G10) | 3.15pm

2 Oct 2019Workshop: Organising academic events | Alison House, Atrium (G10) | 3.15pm

9 Oct 2019Panel discussion: Should concerts have quotas?, Hilary Brooks (Scottish Women Inventing Music), Gavin Reid (Chief Executive, Scottish Chamber Orchestra), More speakers to be confirmed | Alison House, Atrium (G10) | 3.15pm

16 Oct 2019Physical modelling audio plugins: myths, truths, and plenty of demos from our own research, Dr Michele Duccheschi (University of Edinburgh, Acoustics and Audio Group) | Alison House, Atrium (G10) | 3.15pm

30 Oct 2019Rapping the unknown: Mexican hip-hop, silencing, and the post-authoritarian imagination, Dr Andrew Green (University of Glasgow, Leverhulme Early Career Fellow) | Alison House, Atrium (G10) | 3.15pm

6 Nov 2019Music and emotion in the brain: individual and group experiences, Dr Sujin Hong (University of Edinburgh, School of Social and Political Science) | Alison House, Atrium (G10) | 3.15pm

13 Nov 2019Panel discussion: Impacts of music on health and wellbeing – Positives, and negatives | Alison House, Atrium (G10) | 3.15pm

20 Nov 2019On the Singing Hologram: Miku, Love and Labour, Prof Nick Prior (University of Edinburgh, Sociology) | Alison House, Atrium (G10) | 3.15pm

27 Nov 2019Ecological Listening: Sounding Environmental Noise, Dr Linda O Keeffe (University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh College of Art, School of Art) | Alison House, Atrium (G10) | 3.15pm

More seminar dates to follow

Research Seminar
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Previous seminar series

2018/19 

17 Sep 2018 | Collecting and archiving music histories from political detention centres in Pinochet's Chile (1973-1990), Katia Chornik (University of Manchester and Surrey County Council) | Lecture Room A, Alison House | 5:15pm - 6:15pm 

27 Sep 2018 | Representing Renaissance Rome – Beyond Anachronism in Showtime’s The BorgiasJames Cook (University of Edinburgh) | Lecture Room A, Alison House | 5:15pm - 6:15pm 

4 Oct 2018 | Working with Words – Revisions of Declamation in Fanny Hensel’s Lied Autographs, Harald Krebs (University of Victoria) | Reid Concert Hall, Bristo Square | 5:15pm - 6:15pm  

11 Oct 2018 | Decolonising music educationDiva Mukherji (VP Education, EUSA), Radhika Govinda (University of Edinburgh), 皚桐 (Glasgow School of Art POC Society), chaired by Diljeet Bhachu (University of Edinburgh) | Lecture Room A, Alison House | 5:15pm - 6:15pm

17 Oct 2018 (Rescheduled date, time and location) | How-to session: Organising a postgraduate conference | Student Common Room, Alison House | 2pm - 4pm

18 Oct 2018 | A Scattered Heritage – Britain’s Georgian Legal Deposit Music, Karen McAulay (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) | Lecture Room A, Alison House | 5:15pm - 6:15pm 

1 Nov 2018 | Anne Desler (University of Edinburgh) | Lecture Room A, Alison House | 5:15pm - 6:15pm

15 Nov 2018 | The Curious Case of Cluas-chiùil (‘Musical-ear’) – Evidence for Early Musical Semantics in Gaelic Scotland?, William Lamb (University of Edinburgh) | Lecture Room A, Alison House | 5:15pm - 6:15pm 

22 Nov 2018 | Panel discussion: Teaching music history in higher education | Lecture Room A, Alison House | 5:15pm - 6:15pm

29 Nov 2018 | “Music is a way of listening” – Liberal personhood and auditory labour in English music education policy, 1973-1992Patrick Valiquet (University of Edinburgh) | Lecture Room A, Alison House | 5:15pm - 6:15pm

17 Jan 2019 | Fostering musical autonomy through playing by ear from recording, Maria Varvarigou (Canterbury Christ Church University) | Lecture Room A, Alison House | 5:15pm - 6:15pm

24 Jan 2019 | Being moved by music – A prosocial emotional response?, Jonna Vuoskoski (University of Oslo)| Lecture Room A, Alison House | 5:15pm - 6:15pm

31 Jan 2019 | Hearing Impairment: Disability, Autonomy, and Jazz Performance Practice – A Case for Lennie Tristano, Marian Jago (University of Edinburgh) | Lecture Room A, Alison House | 5:15pm - 6:15pm

7 Feb 2019 | Politics of Emotion and Feeling in Music | Lecture Room A, Alison House | 5:15pm - 6:15pm

14 Feb 2019 | Perspectives on the nineteenth-century Bach revival, Tom Wilkinson (University of Edinburgh) | Lecture Room A, Alison House | 5:15pm - 6:15pm

28 Feb 2019 | Traditional Cultural Practices and HIV Interventions in South Africa, Nanette de Jong (University of Newcastle) | Lecture Room A, Alison House | 5:15pm - 6:15pm

7 Mar 2019 | Music, asylum-seeking and the mobile phone: accountability in a post-peace era, Rachel Beckles Willson (Royal Holloway University of London) | Lecture Room A, Alison House | 5:15pm - 6:15pm

14 Mar 2019 | Listening and Learning with Link: Explorations in Listening to Video Games, Tim Summers (Royal Holloway University of London) | Lecture Room A, Alison House | 5:15pm - 6:15pm

21 Mar 2019 | The American ‘lady composer’ in Hollywood musicals of the 1930s: Towards a history of fictitious female composers, Matthew Head (King's College London) | Lecture Room A, Alison House | 5:15pm - 6:15pm

28 Mar 2019 | Improvisers, instruments and nonlinear dynamics, Tom Mudd (University of Edinburgh) | Lecture Room A, Alison House | 5:15pm - 6:15pm

4 Apr 2019 | Conceptual (in)congruence in Marvin Hamisch’s score for "The Informant!", Dave Ireland (University of Leeds) | Lecture Room A, Alison House | 5:15pm - 6:15pm


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