CFP (conf): Embodied Music Cognition Conference (EMuCog). An Interdisciplinary Perspective


Embodied Music Cognition Conference (EMuCog): An Interdisciplinary Perspective

Location: University of Edinburgh
Date: July 22-23, 2013

Plenary Speakers:
Tom Cochrane (Philosophy, Sheffield University)
Marc Leman (Musicology, University of Ghent)
Nikki Moran (Music, University of Edinburgh)
Rebecca Schaefer (Music, University of Edinburgh)

Over the past few decades, developments in the field of cognitive science have slowly but surely reshaped our understanding of the relationship between the brain, body, and world.  Furthermore, these movements have developed concurrently with experimental and theoretical work on “embodied” human activities, such as various forms of artistic practices and sensorimotor tasks.  The purpose of this conference is therefore to explore the current state of the field relating to music and music cognition, as well as critically examine contemporary questions and problems elicited by such research.  Following Pearce and Rohrmeir’s (2012) recent overview of music cognition, we are interested in continuing to expand the dialogue into questions such as “Why should music be of interest to cognitive
scientists?”, “What role does it play in human cognition?” and “Can [the cognitive scientific study of music] generate real insights into the functioning of the mind?”  Moreover, following from the fact that cognitive science has an inherently interdisciplinary approach – drawing from areas as diverse as cognitive psychology, developmental biology, philosophy,
theoretical linguistics, and robotics, among others – we believe such a dialogue must take place between specialists from a multiplicity of academic disciplines.

We are now accepting submissions for both paper and poster presentations. Papers will consist of a 20-25 minute presentation followed by a 10 minute discussion period.  Posters will be displayed and browsing times scheduled after final selections have been made.  All submissions should be prepared for blind review in either PDF or Word form and sent to with the subject title “Embodied Music Conference Submission”.  Please include a cover sheet with the following: name, status (student, postdoctoral researcher, etc.), contact details, and title of submission.  Preferred format of the submission should also be specified (poster/paper).  Papers should include a separate long abstract of approximately 500-750 words while posters should include a separate 250-350 word abstract for the selection process.  Please also include the title of the paper with the abstract.

The submission deadline is June 1st and notifications of acceptance shall be sent out by June 14th.

For general information, please refer to the conference website at (registration information shall be available soon).  Any other inquiries about the submission process should be sent to and remaining questions about the conference, travel, or other issues should be sent to

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