Music, Identity and Social Interaction Conference


Music, Identity and Social Interaction Conference

2nd–3rd February 2010

Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, UK


Professor Tia DeNora,

University of Exeter, UK


Professor Raymond MacDonald

Glasgow Caledonian University, UK

‘Musical identities: Conceptualising the universality of

musical behaviour’

This international conference provides a unique forum for researchers, practitioners, and musicians wishing to explore the growing body of research on music and identity construction, through the analysis of spoken interaction. Over 30 empirical and theoretical papers will be presented that discuss the collection and analysis of talk in a variety of musical contexts (e.g., interview, focus group, and naturally occurring data, and thematic analysis, interpretative phenomenological analysis, grounded theory, conversation analysis, discourse analysis, etc.). More specifically, discourse and identity are explored in a variety of topics that include: teacher/student interaction, collaboration, professional musicians, music across the lifespan, music listening, and musical culture. The conference welcomes existing researchers in the field, as well as those who would like to learn more about this important area of work.

Registration is now open – please see details below. For enquiries, please

We look forward to welcoming you to Manchester.


Dr Antonia Ivaldi (Chair)

Royal Northern College of Music

Dr Jane Ginsborg

Royal Northern College of Music

Dr Clemens Wöllner

Royal Northern College of Music


Prof Jane Davidson

University of Western Australia/

University of Sheffield, UK

Dr Mike Forrester

University of Kent, UK

Dr Jane Ginsborg

Royal Northern College of Music

Dr Terrence Hays

University of New England, Australia

Dr Antonia Ivaldi

Royal Northern College of Music

Prof Dorothy Miell

Open University, UK

Dr Susan O’Neill

University of Western Ontario, Canada

Dr Clemens Wöllner

Royal Northern College of Music


The conference will start at approximately 10am on Tuesday 2nd February and will end by 5pm on Wednesday 3rd February. The conference fee includes refreshments and lunches on both days, plus an evening (buffet) meal on Tuesday 2nd. The bar will also be open in the evening. For those whose accommodation does not include breakfast, the café will be serving breakfast from 8am. (Please pay at the till.)

Cancellation charges: Should you need to cancel your registration; fees will be returned minus £20 administration fee. We regret that we cannot refund registration fees after 25th January 2010.



Please click here to register. You will then need to contact the Box Office to make your payment. This is the only secure way of paying – please do not put your credit card details in an email. Please note, students will be required to send/fax a photocopy of evidence of status in advance of making payment. Until this has been received by the Box Office, no payment can be made. Your registration will only be confirmed, and a place reserved, when we have received payment in full.


Delegates are responsible for booking their own accommodation – regretfully, the conference organizers cannot do this for you. There are two main types of accommodation available:

For delegates looking for accommodation close to the conference venue (directly opposite the RNCM), we suggest you contact the Manchester Business School. They currently have a number of single rooms available.

Alternatively, for delegates looking for double-room accommodation, or accommodation in the city centre, we have reserved rooms in one hotel in collaboration with Visit Manchester, the Greater Manchester Tourist Board. Rates have been guaranteed UP UNTIL 25th January 2010. Rooms may still be available after this time, but the rates and availability cannot be guaranteed. If you have any queries regarding this accommodation please contact James Caldwell (Tel: +44 (0)871 2262 467 / Email: ABS@marketing- from the Manchester Tourist Board. If you would like to reserve one of these rooms, please click here.

You do not have to stay in one of these venues. Visit Manchester will be very happy to help you find alternative accommodation, should you require different rates or standard of accommodation. Please speak to James Caldwell. Please note: The Manchester Business School is completely independent to the Tourist Board, so please contact the Business School directly if you have any enquiries. The Tourist Board will help you with all other accommodation enquiries – please do not contact the conference organizers.


For details of how to find us, parking, and train and coach timetables, please visit: journey planner at is an excellent source of information on how to get to the RNCM, including from Manchester Airport. (Direct trains run from the airport to the city centre).

The two nearest train stations to the RNCM are Manchester Piccadilly and Oxford Road. Manchester Piccadilly is the main train station, and a 20 min walk away (approx). You will be able to take a direct bus from this station to the RNCM, or a taxi – you should allow £4-6 for the taxi fare. Alternatively, you may wish to travel through to Oxford Road Station, which is a 7 min walk away, and near the nominated city centre hotel.

Full rate £120 Student rate £80 (students must provide evidence of student status when registering)