Geography, Music, Space

One-day conference, supported by the Institute of Musical Research

Wednesday 25 January 2017; Kingsley Barrett Room, Calman Learning Centre, Durham University, UK

Keynote Speaker: George Revill, The Open University

The event is free and all are welcome. Please click here to register attendance by Friday 16 December 2016.

To read the paper abstracts, please visit:
For more information, contact Samuel Horlor at


08:30-09:00 – Registration

09:00-11:00 – Session I: The political spaces of music
Fausto di Quarto (Sociology, Bicocca University of Milan) – Reclaiming Democratic (Public) Spaces through Music: The Case of Viaduto Santa Tereza in Belo Horizonte (Brazil)

Alice Cree (Geography, Durham University) – “People want to see tears”: Gendered Military Logics, Music, and the Military Wives Choir

Jelena Gligorijević (Music, University of Turku, Finland) – The Political Potential of Contemporary Music Festivals as Micronational Spaces: Articulations of National Identity in Serbia’s Exit and Guča Trumpet Festivals After Milošević

James Williams (Music, University of Derby) – Music ‘Mash-ups’ and Social-Media Culture: How ‘Cassetteboy’ Tackles Politics in Cyberspace

June Wang (Public Policy, City University of Hong Kong) – Practicing Music, Practicing Musical City: Spatial Politics of Chinese Rock in Shenzhen

11:00-11:20 – Coffee

11:20-13:00 – Session II: Music and everyday space making
Maria Lindmäe (Geography, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona) – The Impact of Collective Practice of Music on Young People’s Behaviour Towards their Everyday Environment: A Case Study in Medellín

Jasmine Hornabrook (Music, Goldsmiths, University of London) – Music and Everyday Space-making in London’s Tamil Diaspora

Gretchen Larsen (Business School, Durham University) & Maurice Patterson (Business School, University of Limerick) – Creolized Sonic Ecologies: Sound, Space and Consumer Subjectivities in New Orleans

James Armstrong (Music, University of Surrey) – Person-Environment Relationships: Influences beyond Acoustics in Musical Performance

13:00-14:00 – Lunch (includes film screening):
Candice Boyd (Geography, University of Melbourne) – Musical Improvisation as Therapeutic Practice: A Short Film

14:00-15:40 – Session III: Performance spaces: hearing, playing, feeling
Jonathan Hicks (Music, King’s College London) – Tunnel Hearing

Arran Calvert (Social Anthropology, University of St Andrews) – Can You Hear the Architecture?

Lucy Dearn & Sarah Price (Music, University of Sheffield) – Performance Spaces and Listeners: Understanding Two Regional Concert Halls

Emily Falconer (Sociology, University of Westminster) – In Harmony or Out of Tune? Affective and Emotional Geographies of All-Male Choirs

15:40-16:00 – Coffee

16:00-17:15 – Keynote Lecture
George Revill (Geography, The Open University)

[original CFP follows]

One-day conference supported by the Institute of Musical Research

25 January 2017, Durham University

CFP Deadline: 15 September 2016


Keynote speaker: George Revill, The Open University


How does music shape diverse spaces, such as an immigration detention centre, a street performance, a military wives’ choir, or a family kitchen? Is there common ground to be found between researching the chants of a protest marcher, the beats of a commuter’s headphones and a soloist’s concert hall recital? What is the role of music in the construction of space, and vice versa? How and why do we research this?


This one-day conference will explore the relationship between space and how music is expressed, circulated and politicised to construct particular identities. It will also examine music at a non-representational level, with meaning emerging through affect and emotion, folded through a variety of embodied and spatially situated experiences. In short, it will consider the nuanced interplay between music and space.


The conference aims to bring together scholars working at the intersection of music and space, not only within the areas of musicology, ethnomusicology and geography, but also as approached from a variety of other disciplinary backgrounds (including politics, sociology, anthropology, philosophy). We especially encourage contributions from Postgraduates and Early Career Researchers.


20-minute papers addressing, but not limited to, the following themes are welcomed:


Music, materiality and space

– How is the materiality of music (a longitudinal wave; the materials that constitute a live performance; a recording on CD or mp3 file) significant in the construction of space?

– What does the material form that music takes bring to its circulation, governance and reception?


Music, the everyday and space

How do the materialities of music (or the sonic) fold through the multiple spaces of the everyday?

– In which social contexts are music and space mutually constitutive (performance, work, leisure)?

– What does a privileging of music bring to understanding the everyday? What other actors should be considered?


Music, the body and space

– How are spatialized identities formed through embodied acts of music such as singing, playing, and performing?

– How does music play into the construction of gendered bodies?


Music, the political and space

– What role does music have within contested, highly politicised spaces?

– What new spaces for politics open up through the circulation of music?

– How can we conceptualise the politics of music beyond textual analysis?


Researching music and space

– What methodological challenges and interdisciplinary opportunities arise from researching music and space?

– What does it mean to ‘do’ geographies of music?


Please send abstracts of no more than 250 words to Samuel Horlor at

Deadline: 15 September 2016


Successful applicants will be notified by the end of September. A limited number of travel bursaries will be available to Postgraduates or Early Career Researchers (those within three years of completing their PhD).