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Jun 14 - 16 2022


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NIME8 Conference 2022: Narrative Inquiry in Music Education

We are delighted to invite researchers, scholars, artists, and practitioners from any field engaged with music to participate at the conference Narrative Inquiry in Music Education, 14-16 June 2022, at Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (HVL).

The conference is organized in collaboration with the Grieg Research School in Interdisciplinary Music Studies.

Keynote speakers

  • Researcher and entrepreneur Tuulikki Laes, University of the Arts Helsinki (CERADA) and RockHubs
  • Professor Timothy Ingold, University of Aberdeen, Department of Anthropology, School of Social Science
  • Dr Ailbhe Kenny, Mary Immaculate College, Arts Education & Physical Education
  • Professor Elin Eriksen Ødegaard, Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, ‘KINDknow – centre for Systemic Research on Diversity and Sustainable Futures

Call for proposals

Tales, Myths and Stories: Exploring Narrative Methodologies in Music Research

[…]When they were well on their way, Askeladden found a dead magpie.
“Look at what I found!” he shouted.
“What did you find?” asked the brothers.
“I found a dead magpie,” he said.
“Yuck, throw it away! What do you want that for?” said the two, who always thought they were the wisest.
“Oh, I have things to do, and this will do,” said Askeladden.

This is an excerpt from a fairytale every Norwegian is familiar with. The oral tradition of storytelling is strong in the Nordic countries, and stories often take shape as songs inherited and passed down through the generations. Our NIME8 conference aims to bring together researchers from different cultures and backgrounds, carrying their own stories and musics to consider how the web of contemporary artistic and cultural life is enmeshed in storying practices, and to join conversations on narrative thinking and inquiry across a range of contexts, sites and disciplines.

Storytelling is both an extraordinary and everyday practice which includes ancient fairytales and sagas, alongside everyday forms of micro and macro narrative, through which individuals and groups interact, negotiate values, make sense of the past, structure the present and imagine the future.  Quite simply: “people without narratives do not exist” (Polkinghorne). Consequently, NIME8 will focus on narrative forms of research and inquiry whilst contemplating the ways narrative may exist in more-than linguistic forms through its entanglement with music, film, photography, dance and other performative expressions.

We invite participants to consider narratives about music and musical experiences, alongside how music itself can be understood as a narrative gesture, or the ways artistic work may sublimely address the “unspeakable”.

What kind of narratives emerge when we focus on the places, spaces and environments where music and musical experiences emerge? What stories do musical materials and objects themselves tell us? How does narrative evolve and circulate across digital media platforms? When narratives circulate quickly and become detached from local situatedness, what are the possibilities and risks of appropriation and re-storying across sites, cultures and borders? When post-humanistic and socio-materialist researchers connect their inquiry to issues of sustainable development and social justice, how can such perspectives guide reflection and debate among narrative researchers in and around music?

Through exploration of themes, NIME8 aims to engage participants in questioning the ways researchers generate, collect, interpret and convey narratives in a complex and conflicting global climate.

Submission guidelines

The deadline for submissions is 1 December 2021.

Visit the conference website for full information.


Western Norway University of Applied Sciences
Inndalsveien 28


Western Norway University of Applied Sciences

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Jun 13 - 16 2022
  • Time: All day

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