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1st European Conference on Research Relevant to the Work of Music Academies and Conservatoires
Lucerne, September 1999

Jointly sponsored by the European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music the Interessengemeinschaft Musikhochschule Luzern the Swiss National Science Foundation
Closing date for submission of abstracts, January 31st, 1999 Second announcement, including full conference programme and registration form, will be issued in April 1999. In order to be placed on the mailing list for the second announcement, please send your name und full postal address (or email address) to Dr. Hubert Eiholzer, ESCOM Conference Secretariat, Lucerne Conservatory of Music Dreilindenstrasse 89/93 CH-6006 Lucerne Switzerland Fax +41(41) - 429 08 11, email Submissions should be sent to the same address (or emailed as MS-Word or plain text attachments to email). Conference Programme Committee: Thüring Bräm Luzern Conservatory of Music, Switzerland Jane Davidson University of Sheffield, England Hubert Eiholzer Secretary, Swiss Conference of Conservatory Directors Andzrej Rakowski Chopin Academy of Music, Poland John Sloboda (chair) Keele University, England Stefanie Stadler Elmer University of Zürich, Switzerland Invited Speakers: Dorothea Baumann University of Zürich, Switzerland Kari Kurkela Sibelius Academy of Music, Finland Kacper Miklaszewski Chopin Academy of Music, Poland John Rink University of London, England AIMS OF THE CONFERENCE As music academies across Europe become more integrated into the higher education system, they are increasingly concerned with research and research training. This conference aims to bring together researchers whose work has a natural impact on the concerns of music academies (in disciplines such as psychology, musicology, performance studies, composition, music theory, acoustics, computer science, sociology, and education) together with leaders and senior administrators within academies and the government departments that support them. At least 70% of accepted papers will be from active researchers who can describe their own work in such a way that its relevance to music academies is made clear. Relevant research is that which has implications for musicians, in their professional roles or in their training. A small number of papers will also be accepted from senior academy staff who have had substantial recent experience of promoting, starting, or managing research programmes or research training within music academies. This conference is not directly concerned with the development of national policies or structures to support research within the academies, and papers concentrating on such topics are unlikely to be accepted. CONFERENCE STRUCTURE It is intended that no more than 25 papers will be presented, and that as much as possible of the conference will be in single plenary session. Ample opportunity for informal discussion and exchange will be built into the programme. Because the conference is multidisciplinary, and designed to provide a meeting point for researchers and others concerned with the development of the music academies, it is essential that papers are delivered in such a way as to address as wide an audience as possible. Highly technical specialist contributions are not appropriate. On the other hand, the conference is about contemporary research. Historical summaries or general overviews of entire research areas are not appropriate. Speakers should make clear how their contributions (e.g. results, conclusions) relate to the aims of the conference. The language of the conference is English. No translation facilities can be provided. Submitted papers will last for 30 minutes, of which 10 minutes should be reserved for questions and discussion. SUBMISSION PROCEDURE Authors should provide a title, brief abstract (<200 words), and summary (<1000 words), along with their name, affiliation, and full correspondence address. Please also include telelphone, fax, and email as appropriate. Submissions may be mailed or emailed as plain text or MS-Word files, no later than 31st January 1999. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of the decision by April 1st, 1999. COSTS, ACCOMMODATION, AND SOCIAL PROGRAMME The registration fee for the conference will be SFr. 200.-. This will include morning and afternoon refreshments and a conference drinks reception. A range of hotel and guest-house accommodation will be available. Lucerne is situated 60 kilometres south of Zürich, with excellent train connections to Zürich International Airport. The Lucerne International Music Festival takes place at the same time as the conference, from mid-August until mid-September, and further information concerning this and other cultural and tourist opportunities will be included in the second announcement.