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International Conference on Singing

EU funded project ‘Singing Cities’

Block the date for the International Conference

Singing. Scientific, emotional and artistic aspects of a human phenomenon.

jointly organised by Marie Louise Herzfeld-Schild (Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin)and Philippe Rixhon (The Aarya Foundation, London)to be held at Radialsystem V, Berlin, on Friday 20 March 2015

Research in neuroscience, psychology and medicine as well as in music education, cultural studies, social sciences and the history of emotion shows the immense impact of singing on human development. Not only does singing have positive effects on synapse formations in the brain and on bodily functions and emotional well-being, it also creates strong felt communities that have the power to shape both individuals and societies.

On Friday 20 March 2015, Radialsystem V will host an international conference on Singing in Science and Education that will bring together artists from all around Europe as well as interdisciplinary and international scholars for one long concert of music and ideas.

In three panels, the phenomenon of singing will be considered under three different points of view: (I) "Singing from Cradle to Grave", including talks by Graham Welch (Institute of Education, London), Katherine Zeserson (Sage Gateshead), Gunter Kreutz (Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg) and Stephen Clift (Canterbury Christ Church University); (II) "Singing, Emotion and Community", including talks by Jane W. Davidson (University of Melbourne, ARC Centre for the History of Emotions), Svend Brown (Director of Big Big Sing and Glasgow UNESCO Creative City of Music) and Marie Louise Herzfeld-Schild (Max Planck Institute for Human Development Berlin, MPRG "Felt Communities? Emotions in European Music Performances"); and (III) Presentations by the Singing Cities Exchange Artist Group, who will provide an insight into their practical experiences of both singing and educating.

This academic programme will be topped off with a performance by the Singing Cities Exchange Artist Group.

Detailed information will be available soon at www.radialsystem.de

For further information, please contact: herzfeld(at)mpib-berlin.mpg.de

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