On 27 May 2019, the fourth student conference on music research will be held at the Utrecht University. This one-day event will offer a series of panels led and presented by students at all levels of their academic careers.
At the end of the day, the prize for the winners of the BA and MA Popular Music Thesis Award will be awarded, organized and presented by IASPM Benelux and VNPF and the Hélène Nothenius Prize for an outstanding master thesis on music history organized and presented by the KVNM.
All students of all levels from BA to PhD are invited to participate in our conference. Each year the role that music performs in contemporary societies is highlighted, in all of its diversity and breadth. Presentations will be covering a broad range of subjects from the performance careers of practicing musicians, to the changing aesthetics of musical creativity and composition because of new media technologies, to the connection between music and social justice movements. A range of approaches will be intentionally encouraged as one of the primary goals of this conference is to allow students greater contact with each other across genre categories such as art music and popular music. Additionally, a number of perspectives and methodologies from sociological, musicological and ethnomusicological to music industry and practice-based learning studies will be encouraged and welcomed. Finally, students who are particularly motivated to blur boundaries between established methodologies in their research will be welcomed. In this sense, the hope exists to strenghten the contributions which explore new ways of examining music scholarship in the Benelux academic world. Ultimately, there is hope to share insights with each other to promote greater contact between our various specializations and to make visible the important role that all forms of music research perform for culture and society.