Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS)


What constitutes music?

21 June 2022, 11:30 am–4:00 pm

Image: Graphic Score 'Points', Barbara Szeremata, WIKIBASIA, CC BY-SA 4, via Wikimedia Commons

An interdisciplinary conversational workshop exploring ontological questions in music at UCL.

This event is free.

Event Information

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Institute of Advanced Studies / UCL European Institute


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

This event will be an interactive workshop for UCL colleagues from all disciplines and backgrounds to talk informally about how they approach music in their research. We hope to get a sense of the diversity of existing approaches among colleagues, and to begin building interdisciplinary connections.

A keynote talk from Prof. Sarah Hibberd (University of Bristol) will begin the day, followed by a mixture of small-group and plenary discussions. Lunch will be served.

Timetable for the day

11:30-11:45: Welcome
11:45-12:45: Session 1. Keynote lecture, Q&A. Prof. Sarah Hibberd, Stanley Hugh Badock Chair of Music, University of Bristol
12:45-13:30: Lunch
13:30-14:20: Session 2. Small-group discussions: different approaches to music and interdisciplinary conversations
14:20-14:40: Break
14:40-15:15: Session 3.  Small-group discussions: developing interdisciplinarity
15:30-16:00: Session 4:  Whole-group discussion and preliminary planning for future network/outputs. Led by project organisers

This event is part of the Music Futures Festival. Check out our website for more information.

All welcome. Please note that there may be photography and/or audio recording at some events and that admission is on a first come first served basis. Please follow this FAQ link for more information. All our events are free but you can support the IAS here.

Image: Graphic Score 'Points', Barbara Szeremata, WIKIBASIA, CC BY-SA 4, via Wikimedia Commons.