Grieg Research School in Interdisciplinary Music Studies
GRS Autumn Course 2023

Music in action

The GRS Autumn Course 28-30 November 2023 is hosted by the University of Agder. This will be a digital first event with synchronous and asynchronous forms of participation.

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The theme of the course is 'Music in Action' and will explore the ways in which music acts in complex social, cultural, educational, and historical contexts. Music in Action invites presentations on how musical practices encounter and engage with society. The meeting points between artistic and scholarly approaches to research in music – such as applied or practice-based research – is of particular interest. An overarching question for the call is How can research in and with music can understand, analyse, and even initiate musical practices that act in complex social, cultural, educational, and historical contexts?

The course will feature presentations and discussions convened by researchers from key research groups/projects based in UiA's Faculty of fine arts, including researchers and topics from:

Arts and social relations

Art and Conflict 

Art & Young People

Reconfiguring historical, Musical Crafts Education RHiMuCE

Music, Dance, Drama - cross-artistic practices and educational discourses

CreaTeMe centre of excellence at UiA

You may choose to engage in a dialogue with one or more of these groups and their areas of research in your presentations (please specify in your abstract if you wish to do so).

Specific questions to address include, but are not limited to:

  • How can research in and with music create new approaches to questions of health, social justice, and sustainability?
  • How can musical experiences and practices play a dynamic role in dealing with complex and potentially conflicting social conditions?
  • What role can/does music play in children’s and young people’s lives?
  • How can we educate musicians as socially engaged artists?
  • How can we improve, develop and discover new interdisciplinary methodological approaches to how we study and present music?  
  • How can we revitalize music pedagogy and arts education in the school of the future?

GRS courses are an interdisciplinary space that fosters critical and constructive dialogue. The format of presentations is flexible, and we invite performances, multimedia presentations, posters, panel discussions, and workshops, in addition to the usual oral presentations. Other formats that utilize our fields and ways of doing and disseminating research in music are also welcomed. 



The course is open to Ph.D candidates and researchers from any discipline who are interested in music.  There are two ways to participate in the course.

Presentations on the Course Theme “Music in Action”: 

We welcome abstracts on the course theme from researchers from any field, and also those outside of the academy such as musicians and music activists.

Spotlight Sessions: 

Ph.D. candidates, at any stage of their doctoral work, and early career researchers can present their own project (regardless of theme) and receive feedback from peers and senior researchers.