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ISSSM 2013

International Summer School in Systematic Musicology, 10. - 17.08.2013 ISSSM 2013

ISSSM 2013, 08. - 18.08.






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General Description

The International Summer School in Systematic Musicology - ISSSM 2013 will take place in Hamburg, starting on the 10th of August, 2013.

It focuses on the most advanced and up-to-date topics of musicology through an interactive and cooperative learning approach.

Key areas of interest this year are:


Topics ISSSM - 2013


  • Acoustics
  • Action & Perception Models for Music
  • Applications in Systematic Musicology
  • Ethnomusicology
  • Musical Neurophysiology
  • Musical Signal Processing & Analysis
  • Physical Modeling of Musical Instruments
  • Sonic Design



▪               To give students an intensive course in the most advanced and current topics and methods in the research field of systematic musicology.                 

                 The course will be based on ongoing research projects at different musicological centers in Europe.

▪               To provide an opportunity for students to discuss their research proposals/project with an international body of teachers, representing a                  

                 range of expertise in different domains of Systematic Musicology.

▪               To teach students the most recent knowledge and basic skills needed to start doctoral studies in musicology.



▪               Last year of master's studies

▪               Beginning of a doctoral degree

▪               Pre-doctoral training, researcher



The Summer School aims at actively confronting the students with different stages of empirical research in systematic musicology. Students will be divided into small groups in which they are executing a real experiment: formulating the problem, carrying out the experiment, doing the analysis and formulating and presenting the final results. Thus, the students will have the opportunity to participate in all stages of empirical research. Examples of the different research techniques used in the experiments include verbal reporting, measurement of motion, using video camera and sensors, data retrieval, statistics, etc.

To guide all this, teachers (professors and assistants) will be assigned to the groups of students that carry out the experiments. 'Consultation boards’ will be organized, in which students can discuss their problems with specific teachers. All lectures, workshops and tutorials will also be organized in relation to the experiments:

▪               Lectures will provide more general state-of-the-art context information.

▪               Workshops and tutorials will provide information on how specific problems can be solved.

In addition to the intensive programme organized around the experiments, the schedule also provides time for student poster presentations. These presentations provide students with an opportunity to discuss and receive feedback on their own research proposals/project with an international body of teachers, representing a range of expertise in different domains of systematic musicology.



The Summer School is hosted by the Institute of Musicology at the University of Hamburg, Germany. The Institute is the home to both Systematic and Historical Musicology.



The Summer School is an Erasmus IP (Intensive Programme), supported by the European Commission and involving five European universities. It is supported by the International Cooperative in Systematic and Comparative Musicology (Internationaler Arbeitskreis Systematische und Vergleichende Musikwissenschaft). The project is coordinated and organized by the Institute of Musicology, University of Hamburg. Other participating institutes are

Institute of Psychoacoustics and Electronic Music, Gent

Institutt for musikvitenskap, Oslo

Department of Music, Universioty of Jyväskylä

Casa Paganini - InfoMus Research Centre, IBRIDS Dept, Faculty of
Engineering, University of Genoa

with the folowing possible topics: www.siempre.infomus.org

Musiwissenschaftliches Institut der Universität zu Köln

These partners have been involved in the organization of previous very successful intensive programmes at the University of Jyväskylä in 1999, 2001, 2009, 2010, 2011, and at Ghent University (Belgium) in 2006,  2007, and 2008.



A maximum of 30 students will be admitted to the course. The main target audiences are students in musicology, but students of music research from other fields (computer science, psychology, information science, mathematics, physics, etc.) will also be permitted to attend. Direct beneficiaries are students who have just finished their master's degree studies and have started / are planning to start a doctoral programme in music research. Teachers of the course will evaluate all applications. Applications should include the following documents as of january 2013 in pdf format:

- Curriculum vitae (max. 1 page)
- Summary of the research proposal (300 words + bibliography)
- Certified copy of academic degree
- Copy of a health insurance for Germany

All the documents must be submitted in english.

The application deadline: 21st of April, 2013.


Download Call for Presentation Proposals for ISSSM - 2013 ... following soon.


Applications are to be sent via e-mail to the Assistant Coordinator:



Notification of acceptance will be given by the 10th - 11th of May, 2013.



More Information:

ISSSM 2013 - Assistant Coordinator

Tim Ziemer

e-mail: T.Ziemer1@gmx.de