Seventeenth Nordic Musicological Congress

Seventeenth Nordic Musicological Congress

11 – 14 August 2015, Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark

The Congress is co-organized by the Danish Musicological Society, the Department of Communication and Psychology and the Department of Culture and Global Studies, Aalborg University.

The Nordic Musicological Congress is typically a quadrennial event, gathering on the one hand researchers in music active in the Nordic countries and, on the other, researchers with an interest in the specific activities of Nordic music research or aspects of Nordic music and musical life. Recent conferences took place in Stockholm 2012, Oslo 2008, Helsinki 2004 and Aarhus 2000. The notion of a Nordic, regional community of music research might be open to debate. The 17th Nordic Musicological Congress will contribute to development of relations within this group as well as testing the very notion of Nordic musicology in the sense that has been developed through the years.

One of the main functions of the Aalborg-congress, however, is to be a broad forum for communication of current music research. The program committee has representatives from the Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, and Swedish musicological societies.

Please note that the conference will include two formats: Ordinary papers and panels.

The organizers invite submission of abstracts for both formats of no more than 2,500 characters in one of the conference languages (Nordic languages and English).


Following the conference, delegates will be invited to submit anonymized full papers for a peer-reviewed publication.

The location for the 17th congress will be Aalborg University in Aalborg, Denmark. The conference will take place at the Musikkens Hus and is hosted by the Music & Sound Knowledge Group in the Department of Communication and Psychology at Aalborg University. The Musikkens Hus is a purpose-built concert house opened early in 2014 that is home to both the university’s and the Royal Academy of Music’s music activities as well as the Aalborg Symphony Orchestra. Built right on the fjord, it has four concert halls, Denmark’s largest pipe organ, and state-of-the-art recording facilities. It is situated about 5 minutes walk from the many bars (outside in August) and restaurants of Aalborg’s late mediaeval centre.

Aalborg is located in North Jutland on the Limfjord. It is the fourth largest city in Denmark and with a compact, well-preserved centre that is ideal for walking. It is well served by several airlines, often direct from major European cities or via Copenhagen, and a taxi or the number 2 bus can take you from the airport into the city centre within 10-20 minutes. There is also a train service from Copenhagen to Aalborg central station.

Important dates:
Abstract submission deadline: 1 September 2014
Notification of acceptance: 1 October 2014
Conference: 11 – 14 August 2015

Abstract submission:
Applicants should submit an abstract of no more than 2,500 characters to:

Registration before 1 June 2015: DKK 2,000
Registration from 1 June 2015: DKK 3,100

Conference fee includes:
– Conference 4 days
– Welcome reception
– Proceedings (abstracts), programme and miscellanea
– Four lunches
– Coffee and tea during breaks
– One conference dinner

Registration and accommodation booking will open late 2014. Details to be posted on the conference website.

Keynote speakers:
To be announced.