UCL European Institute


Call for participants: What constitutes music?

5 May 2022

Sign up now for this interdisciplinary conversational workshop exploring ontological questions in music at UCL.

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Tuesday 21st June, 11h-16h,
IAS Common Ground, UCL (in-person only)


  • Dr Deborah Lee (Information Studies) 
  • Dr Nicolas Gold (Computer Science) 
  • Prof. Jane Gilbert (SELCS-CMII)

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Music is constituted by its formal/structural qualities, its rhythms, its melodies, its emotional impacts, and more. We must also include music-related objects, music’s production techniques and methods, its connections to texts, and its various functions. The people involved with music are also constitutive elements, whether playing, singing, listening, or dancing; and more broadly, so are the cultures that music represents. With such a wealth of different kinds of information involved, it is clear that those researching music from different disciplines will have different approaches, and will treat music in different ways.  

This in-person workshop will explore the challenging question of what constitutes music, bringing together researchers from different disciplines to discuss and compare their approaches to researching music and the questions they ask of it. It will engender a deliberately provocative and interdisciplinary discussion about music as it is seen by the different scholarly traditions and disciplines at UCL, and begin articulating a collective understanding. The intention is to provoke a multi- and inter-disciplinary response to the question, and in doing so begin to articulate ‘music’ at UCL in more unified way.

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Please book now on Eventbrite if you would like to participate in this event. We will confirm your place by 10 June. We aim to include as wide a range of disciplines and interests as possible. If you are not listed on the Music Futures website, then please describe your research interests in a few sentences. 

More information about the workshop is available here

Part of Music Futures

This event is part of the Music Futures FestivalCheck our website for more information. 

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Music Futures is an initiative co-hosted by the UCL Institute of Advanced Studies and the UCL European Institute. Find out more here

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