Grieg Research School in Interdisciplinary Music Studies
GRS Spring Seminar 2020

Societal challenges and the Arts: Critique, Impacts and sustainability in/of interdisciplinary music studies

We are delighted to announce the GRS Spring Seminar 2020 which will from Tuesday 16th June - Friday 19th June in Voss and Bergen, Norway. The event is organized by the Grieg Research School for Interdisciplinary Music Studies and will take place at the Ole Bull Academy in Voss (Tuesday -Thursday) and at the Faculty of Fine Arts, Music and Design, KMD (Friday) in Bergen and in collaboration with the “Last Chapter: A Late Life Festival”.

Ole Bull Academy
Ole Bull Academy

A lifetime, a phase, a phrase, a moment – could the inseparability of temporality for interdisciplinary music studies be ubiquitous and inescapable?  How might processes of maintenance and development of ideologies, ecologies and epistemologies be of significance in specific moments or significant durations? How might interdisciplinary music studies reflect on their own impact and sustainability in relation to musicological, pedagogical, therapeutic and educative lifespans? 

These questions, and many more, will color the GRS Spring Seminar 2020 and will provide the framework for keynote presentations, PhD candidate presentations (of all research genres), panel discussions and presentations by senior researchers. Candidate and researcher presentations will be arranged in ‘2020’ format: 20 minutes presentation followed by 20 minutes dialoging. 

The final day of the seminar will take place in Bergen in conjunction and collaboration with “Last Chapter: A Late Life Festival” which is a two day cultural festival arranged by the University of Bergen, Bergen National Opera and Bergen Municipality and collaboration with KODE Art Museums and Composer Homes (for more information about the festival please visit: https://www.uib.no/en/project/ageing/131650/last-chapter-late-life-festival). Participants of the GRS Seminar are also warmly invited to participate in the Last Chapter events on Saturday 20th June at the Bergen Museum of Natural History and botanical gardens.   

The year 2020 marks the 10-year anniversary of the Grieg Research School which will celebrated and also used as a poignant moment at this seminar for reflection about the past decade and those that lay before us. 

We look forward to your participation. 

Invited Speakers

  • Dr. Ronald Kibirige, Norwegian University of Science and Technology / Makerere University
  • Prof. Kari Holdhus, Western Norway University of Applied Sciences
  • Prof. Anne Haugland Balsnes, University of Agder
  • Dr. Aileen Dillane, Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick, Ireland
  • Assoc. Prof. Xueli Tan, University of Bergen

Contributors for the Late Life Festival

  • Beatrice Allegranti, Dance Theatre
  • Prof. Julian C. Hughes, University of Bristol
  • Prof. David Troyansky, City University of New York


ECTS Credits

Ph.D. candidates can gain 3 or 5 ECTS credit points for participation in this course and have the option of presenting on the main theme of the course OR on their own research project. These presentations will receive feedback from senior researchers and peers.