Grieg Research School in Interdisciplinary Music Studies

International research events

Here follows a collection of links to other websites providing a presentation of upcoming conferences and research events:

Steinar Figved


Conference 1.–6. July 2016 in Stavanger, Norway:


Music as Art, Artefact and Fact -

Music Research in the 21st Century


Call for Papers

The diversity of music research has flourished in recent decades. The traditional ontological perspective of music as art remains prevalent and continues to inspire new areas of research. From this tradition, the study of artefacts has developed and is today not only confined to manuscripts, printed music, and instruments, but also includes recordings and other connected items of significance for the study of music and its performance practice. The study of artefacts often involves research questions, which activate epistemological perspectives concerning the cultural heritage and construction of musical knowledge. With the increasing digital dissemination of music, contextual aspects of the musical performance are potentially concealed, leaving the listener to relate to the sounding music as an isolated phenomenon or fact. So even if the title hints at a historical dimension, the three categories (art, artefact, fact) are of potential relevance to music research in all of its forms.

Researchers from all  musicological  disciplines  are  hereby invited to  submit proposals to  be presented at IMS in Stavanger, July 2016. The Programme Committee looks forward to receiving contributions from a wide range of disciplines, opening up for musicological perspectives relevant to the multifaceted society of the 21st century.

For more info, see the conference flyer top right.


Conference in Bergen, October 7. - 8. 2015: 

Negotiating neglected narratives

- Unpacking stories of children and teachers in educational practices

The Centre of Educational Research invites narrative methodology researchers to a conference in Bergen, October 7– 8, 2015. In times of travelling global ideas, we will gather researchers for a dialogue about how to research local and situated practices in early childhood and teacher education.

The increasing worldwide government interest in early childhood education comes from the perspective that lifelong learning can develop nations economically and with this the importance of skill development becomes obvious. As a result we can see down schooling tendencies lay claim to the field and put pressure on the Nordic holistic model.

Children’s and teacher’s voices are already represented in research from all over the world about their perspectives on the pedagogy of early childhood. Nevertheless it is time to raise the question about the neglect of this knowledge in current public debates.

Furthermore, the conference will address how narrative inquiry fits research into cultural formation.In this conference, narrative research is considered a route to understand complexities in these fields. Narrative research design can be a way to gain access to the social reality as is describes in human experience.

For more information, see the Bergen University College website.






Research events:

AHRC Research Centre for Musical Performing as Creative Practice - check their website for an overview over different events.


British Forum for Ethnomusicology (BFE) - check their website for any upcoming events.


Golden Pages - check their list of conferences in musicology and other links for musicologists.


International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM) - check their website for upcoming conferences.


International Council for Traditional Music (ICTM) - check their website for upcoming events.


International Musicological Society (IMS) - check their newsletter for upcoming events and other announcements.


Norwegian Musicological Society - check their website for upcoming events, or have a look at their peer-reviewed annual journal Studia Musicologica Norvegica.



Other relevant links:

Music in the Social Sciences and Arts Library, University of Bergen Library

The Arne Bjørndal Collection

Norwegian Musical Heritage / Norsk musikkarv



Music Education


Research events:

International Society for Music Education (ISME) - check their website for upcoming conferences.



Other relevant links:

NNME - Nordic Network for Music Education


Music Therapy


Research events:

Voices: A World Forum for Music Therapy - check their website for upcoming congresses and conferences related to the field of Music Therapy.



Other relevant links:

Nordic Journal of Music Therapy - an international academic peer-reviewed journal, serving the international community of music therapy by being an avenue for publication of scholarly articles, texts on practice, theory and research, dialogues and discussions, reviews and critique.


Artistic Research


Research events:

Orpheus Institute - check their website for upcoming events and recent publications. See also Orpheus Research Centre in Music.



Other relevant links:

Journal for Artistic Research - an international, online, Open Access and peer-reviewed journal for the identification, publication and dissemination of artistic research and its methodologies, from all arts disciplines.

Research Catalogue - an international searchable, documentary database of artistic research work and its exposition.