Persbericht NWO: Nacht van de Wetenschap – ‘Music Inside Out’

Vraag jij je ook wel eens af waarom sommige liedjes in je hoofd blijven hangen? Of wat er gebeurt in je brein als je muziek luistert? Tijdens de Nacht van de Wetenschap op vrijdag 6 oktober nemen onderzoekers het publiek mee op een muzikale reis door de wetenschap. De Nacht is onderdeel van het Weekend van de Wetenschap en wordt georganiseerd door de Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek (NWO) in samenwerking met de Nationale Wetenschapsagenda (NWA) en ZonMw.

Datum: vrijdag 6 oktober
Tijd: 22:00 – 01:00 uur
Locaties: Centrale Bibliotheek Den Haag (Spui) en Centrale Bibliotheek Utrecht (Oudegracht)

Twee locaties, één programma
De Nacht van de Wetenschap is een avondvullend programma voor volwassenen dat op twee locaties beleefd kan worden: zowel in de Centrale Bibliotheek van Utrecht, als in die van Den Haag. Nachtvoorzitter Eva Cleven, presentatrice bij de VPRO, neemt de presentatie in Utrecht voor haar rekening. Eveline van Rijswijk, voormalig hoofdredacteur van de Universiteit van Nederland, is de nachtvoorzitter in Den Haag.

De rol en functie van muziek in ons leven
Wat doet muziek met je brein? Kun je geluid filmen? Welke rol speelt muziek nou eigenlijk in de gezondheidszorg? Dit zijn vragen die eerder door de Nederlandse bevolking zijn gesteld aan de wetenschap en opgenomen zijn in de Nationale Wetenschapsagenda. Tijdens de Nacht van de Wetenschap beantwoorden twaalf sprekers deze en andere prikkelende vragen, afgewisseld met film, muziek en dans. Zo laat neuropsycholoog Erik Scherder je ervaren hoe muziek van invloed is op jouw bewegingen, vertelt onderzoeker en docent marketing Hannes Datta wat de gevolgen zijn van muziekstreaming voor consumenten, verkopers en artiesten, en neemt psychiater en schrijfster Iris Sommer de werking van zintuigen onder de loep.

Bezoek de Nacht van de Wetenschap
Nieuwsgierig? Bekijk het volledige programma online op Via deze website bestel je ook je toegangskaarten. Kaartjes kosten €7,50 per persoon (inclusief een consumptie). Voor leden van de Bibliotheek Den Haag en de Bibliotheek Utrecht geldt een gereduceerd tarief van €5,-.

Bijlage: overzicht sprekers met hun outlines en enkele korte video-impressies.

Nacht van de Wetenschap

IASPM KVNM Student Music Conference in Music and Culture – 2 June 2017 – UVA

We are excited to invite you and your students to the second annual Student Conference on Music and Culture, this year hosted by the associations of IASPM Benelux and KVNM and the University of Amsterdam, the University of Groningen, and Erasmus University.

The conference will take place on June 2nd in the University Theatre at the University of Amsterdam. We feature some 15 student papers, the winners of the BA and MA popular music thesis prize, the KVNM IASPM Thesis Prize Ceremony and a keynote lecture by Dr. Ifa Ramialison followed by drinks and dinner.



Main Details

What: Student Conference at UvA on Music and Culture

Where: Nieuwe Doelenstraat 16, 1012 CP, Amsterdam

When: 9:30-18:30

Cost: 10 Euros for students (membership into IASPM Benelux or KVNM), Membership fee for IASPM or KVNM for adults

Please spread the word and encourage your students to attend. We hope to see you in Amsterdam on June 2nd!

Keynote Lecture by Ifa Ramialison

“Music is my radar”: music genres and cultural identity in a British context

This talk discusses representations of British cultural identity by focussing on Damon Albarn’s music. Albarn became a household name with virtual band Gorillaz and Blur, an English band that was associated with the Britpop movement in the 1990s. I focus on some of Albarn’s lesser known work in the context of a renewed interest in Britishness marked by Brexit or the call for an independent Scotland. It is contended that Albarn’s understanding of British cultural identity is predicated on specific music genres and their own sets of discourse. The objective is to demo nstrate how music works as a medium that allows the articulation of contrasted, and at times, contradictory representations of British cultural identity.

Ifaliantsoa Ramialison is Lecturer in Media, Communication and Humanities within the International Communication and Media programme at HU University of Applied Sciences, Utrecht. She holds a MA in Popular Music studies (University of Liverpool) and received her PhD in Cultural Studies in 2016 (Université Paris-Est).

Annual IASPM KVNM Student Conference and Popular Music Thesis Prize Ceremony

On June 2nd, the second annual IASPM KVNM Student Conference and Popular Music Thesis Prize Ceremony will take place at the University of Amsterdam. The conference is organized by students from several universities in the Netherlands and will feature some 15 presentations on various themes from popular to classical music including music and identity, performance studies and the music industry.
The day will close with a Keynote on music and culture and the official award of this year’s winners for the BA and MA popular music thesis prize followed by dinner and drinks in a nearby cafe.
Here are the important details:
What: 2nd Annual IASPM KVNM student conference on Music and Culture
Where: University Theatre, University of Ametersdam
Address: Nieuwe Doelenstraat 16, 1012 CP, Amsterdam
When: 9:30-18:30
How much: Membership in IASPM Benelux or KVNM (10 Euros for students)
Program: click here.

Call For Papers, Student Conference: Research at the borders of music and culture


Call for Presentations for the Second Annual Student Conference by
IASPM Benelux, KVNM and the Third IASPM-D-A-CH Collegium Musicum Populare

June 2, 2017 – University of Amsterdam

On June 2nd 2017, the second IASPM Benelux/KVNM annual Student Conference for Music Research and the IASPM-D- A-CH Collegium Musicum Populare will join forces and come together at the University of Amsterdam. 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, we will also award the prize for the winners of the BA and MA Popular Music Thesis Award, organized and presented by IASPM Benelux and KVNM. Before the ceremony this year’s winning students will provide a summary of their research. Finally we will enjoy a keynote by a reputed music scholar from the Benelux or DACH region. We will complete our day with drinks and appetizers in a nearby location to the humanities department in the University of Amsterdam.


We invite students representing all levels from the BA to the PhD to participate in this conjoint conference. This year we highlight the role that music performs in contemporary society, in all of its diversity and breadth. We encourage presentations covering a broad range of subjects and from a variety of fields. We intentionally reject strict disciplinary and/or genre boundaries, as one of the primary goals of this conference is to allow students greater contact with each across categories such as art music and popular music. We also encourage and welcome a number of perspectives and methodologies from musicological and ethnomusicological to music industry and economic based studies. Finally, we welcome students who are particularly motived to blur boundaries between established methodologies in their research. In this sense we hope to strengthen the contributions of new ways of examining classical and popular music scholarship in the Benelux and German speaking academic world. Ultimately we 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.


Deadline: April 15, 2017

If you are interested in participating in this conference, please submit an abstract in English on your research related to music in culture by April 15th, 2017. Your abstract should be under 300 words in 12-point font. Please also include up to no more than six key terms. Finally please state your full name, education level, major and department, name of academic institution, email, and the title of your abstract.

Presentations will last 20 minutes with 10 minutes for discussion after each presentation. Please send your abstracts to Dr. Kristin McGee (; Dr. Floris Schuiling (, and Dr. Oliver Seibt (


Chosen presenters will be asked to join one of the three music associations: International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM Benelux) or IASPM D-A-CH or De Koninklijke Vereniging voor Nederlandse Muziekgeschiedenis (KVNM). If you are already a member of one branch and would like to join a second, we will offer a discounted fee.

The 2016 IASPM Benelux/KVNM Popular Music Thesis Prize Winners Announced!

IASPM/KVNM is pleased to announce the winners of this year’s popular music thesis prize. We congratulate this year’s winners for their excellent contributions to the field of popular music research (broadly conceived). This year’s winners are:

Eline Langejan (BA in Musicology, University of Utrecht) for winning this year’s BA Prize for her thesis:

Biophilia en Drastische Muziekanalyse


Beth Agett (MA, University of Amsterdam) for winning this year’s MA prize for her thesis:

‘Building on the Power of the Past:’ a Political Analysis of North Sea Jazz

Both of these theses significantly contributed unique and well-researched approaches towards their subjects. Their work also reflected excellent standards of writing and argumentation. Finally both contributed to under-researched areas within the music field.

In total we received 8 MA theses and 4 BA theses from various universities and HOB institutions. Our jury consisted of music journalist Job de Wit, popular music researcher and editor Dr. Lutgard Mutsaers, Assistant Professor of Music Dr. Floris Schuiling and last year’s MA winner Fardo Eringa

As always it was difficult to compare such vastly different subjects and approaches represented by all the entries, but by using the criteria listed below we have tried to ensure fairness and diligence in the evaluation process.

Here is the criteria which was used by the jury:

Beoordelingsformulier (voorbeeld) (geef een 1 tot 5 waarvan 5 het beeste cijfer is)

1.     Relevantie en/of innovatie van de scriptie (nieuw onderzoek of bijdrage aan bestaand onderzoek, relevantie voor thema van de prijs)

2.     Onderzoekskwaliteit van de scriptie (kennis van het veld, engagement met het veld, theoretisch gebruik en kader, empirische of wetenschappelijk onderzoek)

3.     Scriptie opzet en argumentatie (scriptiestelling, methoden en argumentatie)

4.     Schrijfstijl van de scriptie (citaten, tekstopbouw, bibliografie, vocabulaire, citaties…

Together with KVNM, IASPM Benelux and IASPM DACH will organize a one-day student conference in May in which we will officially award the winners of this prize. We will also invite both the winners and several upper level students to present their research on popular music. Please look to our website for the call for papers for this conference sometime in February.

Here are some of the judge’s reviews for both of these winners:

MA winner comments:


“This study presents urgency and topicality in the current debate about (strategic!) blackness in the context of the NL as a former colonial power of sorts. Really interesting and informative read. Well written too. Mature and insightful. I really loved it.”


“Interessant en relevante insteek om NSJ te onderzoeken. Origineel gebruik van verschillende bronnen o.a. social media. Erg uitgebreid onderzoek gedaan…

Een rijkdom aan informatie, verhalen en perspectieven die op een sterke manier in verband worden gebracht maken dit tot een zeer sterke scriptie.”


BA winner comments:


“Biophilia is a very fresh research project (in an area that used to be so moldy) and in a sympathetic way respects the art of composing and challenging ‘the public’ into its own active creativity.”


“Innovatief onderwerp en mooi uitgewerkt. Een heldere inhoudsopgave. Duidelijke hoofdvraag. Goede schrijfstijl. Student heeft een kritisch gebruik van bronnen en is hierbij reflectief. Goed uitgewerkt eigen empirisch onderzoek. De argumentatie is helder en overtuigend. Indrukwekkende bibliografie.”



IASPM KVNM Popular Music Thesis Prize 2016 (New Deadline! November 15th)

IASPM Benelux and KVNM Popular Music Thesis Prize 2015

The International Association for the Study of Popular Music Benelux, together with the Royal Association for Dutch Music History (KVNM), invites student applicants to apply for the annual IASPM/KVNM Bachelors and Masters Popular Music Thesis Prize. This prize honors outstanding research on the topic of popular music and society by students within a Dutch or Flemish music institution. The winning thesis, written in Dutch or English, incorporates one or more relevant perspectives from a broad range of academic and professional fields including but not limited to sociology, musicology, media studies, ethnomusicology, cultural studies, journalism, economics and/or history. 

In general the thesis must highlight the important role that popular music performs within culture and society as well as exhibit an original point of view and contribution to the field or provide critical insight upon existing research models and subjects. A well-respected jury of academics and professionals from the Dutch and/or Flemish music world as well as the winner of the previous year’s MA prize will judge the successfully submitted theses.

The winning MA student receives an award of 200 Euros generously contributed by KVNM. The winner will also be asked to present a short lecture on their research during the Eurosonic/Noorderslag conference in Groningen, which takes place in January 2016. They will also receive a free one-day ticket for this important music festival/conference.


Language: All materials must be written in either Dutch or English.

Deadline: The must be submitted by November 15th, 2016 in pdf form to

Materials: Include in your digital application:

1.              BA or MA Thesis including:

    1. Title of thesis
    2. Short abstract (200-300 words)
    3. Full thesis text (please cross out any passages referring to your name or your university name on the thesis to ensure anonymity)

2.              Separate Title Page with:

    1. Student’s name
    2. Student’s institution and major
    3. Thesis supervisor
    4. Education period (study dates)
    5. Degree granted (BA, MA or Pre-Master)
    6. Student’s email and address

3.              A digital copy of the student’s Graduation Certificate.

Please share this call with any potential interested colleagues or students.

Yours Sincerely,

Kristin McGee (Chair IASPM Benelux)

Dutch Delta Sounds Festival & Conferentie

Op 7 en 8 september 2016 viert World Music Forum NL zijn tienjarig bestaan met dit showcase festival en conferentieprogramma. 


Overdag wordt een uitgebreid conferentieprogramma voor muziekprofessionals uit binnen- en buitenland verzorgd, met o.a. een symposium, keynotes, sessies en filmprogramma en volop gelegenheid om te netwerken. Thema van deze conferentie is de creolisering van muziekstromingen en hoe die ontwikkeling zich verhoudt tot de Anglo-Amerikaanse muziekcultuur. 

Enkele highlights:

  • Symposium: Dutch Delta Sounds, Creolisation of Music in the Lowlands
  • Keynote Simon Frith (UK), Tovey Professor Music University of Edinburgh, Fellow van de British Academy, voorzitter Mercury Music Prize
  • Keynote Amitava Bhattacharya (India), Silicon Valley veteraan en oprichter  

Uitgebreid programma:


Naast het dagprogramma klinkt ‘s avonds aan de oevers van het IJ muziek uit alle windstreken, geworteld in Nederlandse klei: arabicana, salsa, tango, kaseko, ethio-pop, jazz cross-overs, reggae, afrobeat en nog meer exotica. Kortom: Dutch Delta Sounds!

Uitgebreid programma op

Registratie: 50,- pp  tot 1 september!

Voor 2 dagen conferentieprogramma, inclusief 2 borrels, speeddate en showcases  ‘s avonds.

Vanaf woensdag 1 september gaat de prijs omhoog naar 70,- dus wacht niet te lang!

(prijzen zijn ex btw).


Programma updates & Who’s coming

Naast de Nederlandse muziekprofessionals zullen ruim 30 internationale gasten op DDS aanwezig zijn. Kijk op de site voor updates:


Registreren Conferentie


Popular Music and Society, Call for Papers: Special Issue on Beyoncé

Popular Music and Society

Call for Papers

Special Issue on Beyoncé

Guest-edited by Marquita Smith, Kristin McGee, and Christina Baade

Submissions are invited for a special issue of Popular Music and Society on the musical and cultural impact of Beyoncé.


The 2016 launch of Lemonade and the Formation World Tour–along with Beyoncé’s numerous other mass-mediated performances, musical releases, and actions–inspire not only informal evaluations of her music and public persona, but also scholarly, in-depth investigations of the values, aesthetics, and cultural significance of her work.  Moreover, Beyoncé has played a profound role in intervening in and catalyzing debates about feminism, social justice movements, Black culture, and sexuality within the public sphere.  Because of the extreme versatility and dynamic range of her artistic oeuvre and the ideologies reflected by her public engagements and social initiatives, we seek to compile an issue that correspondingly highlights this complexity.  Articles may therefore introduce a range of topics and perspectives.  These may include innovative creation of visual albums; the incorporation of images of Black culture and Black history into Beyoncé’s creative work; her adroit exploitation of social and commercial media to promote her public and artistic persona; and her nonmusical but socially engaged activities in connection with various causes, especially connected to Black/Southern communities of the United States.  We also seek to investigate the diverse meanings and pleasures that Beyoncé’s work holds for her fans, who represent a range of cultural backgrounds; racial, sexual, and gender identities; and generations.  We seek to better understand Beyoncé’s role as a multifaceted cultural symbol from her status as a local, teenaged breakout star from Houston, Texas; to a national Black cultural icon; to a consummate music industry performer, singer, producer, and dancer; and to a global celebrity and pop star.  Therefore, we invite articles that explore Beyoncé’s significance to these fan communities in relation to her diverse body of work and modes of identification.

We welcome a range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary scholarship, including performance studies, cultural studies, ethnomusicological, musicological, and media studies approaches and critical race, feminist, and political economic perspectives.  Articles on Beyoncé and her work might pursue the following:


  • Examination of how Black cultural values and artistic traditions across the African diaspora inform Beyoncé’s artistic work;
  • The role of intersectional feminism, especially Black feminism, in evaluating Beyoncé’s musical, audiovisual, and cultural work;
  • The relation of late capitalism and neoliberalism to the reception and mediation of Beyoncé’s public persona;
  • Theoretically informed thick descriptions of Beyoncé’s music recordings, videos, and mediated performances, including live media events;
  • The role of Black vernacular dance in Beyoncé’s audiovisual work and its relation to the meanings attached to the spectacle of the female body in pop music;
  • Performative analyses of Beyoncé’s negotiation of contemporary celebrity culture, autobiographical expression, and authorship in collaborative art forms;
  • Interrogation of the role of music-industry institutions in guiding the production and promotion of the star Beyoncé–and the ways in which Beyoncé has negotiated the shifting terrain of these institutions in the early twenty-first century; and
  • An analysis of the digitally mediated nature of Beyoncé’s stardom within/through fan communities and online criticism.


Potential contributors are asked to submit abstracts of 250-500 words and a short bio (100-200 words) by 15 November 2016 to Dr. Marquita Smith at  Those selected for inclusion will be notified by 1 January 2017 and asked to deliver completed articles (6,000-8,000 words) by 1 July 2017.  Articles will be peer-reviewed.  Inquiries regarding potential essay topics and their suitability for inclusion are welcome.  Please address all correspondence and submit all documents to, with copies to and

Door groot succes studentenconferentie 19 mei programma uitgebreid met extra panel!

Because there are so many students and people interested in the conference May 19th there is an extra (Dutch) panel added to the final schedule/Wegens grote interesse in de eerste studentenconferentie organiseren wij een extra Nederlandstalig ochtendpanel aan het programma dat nu definitief is:

schedule pop music studies conference

Meer informatie over de studiedag:
iaspm music matters prostest song and student conference flyer updated