The Listening Experience Database Project Conference 2018

"The experience of listening to music: methodologies, identities, histories"
6-7 March 2018, The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK

Following on from our inaugural conference in 2015, the Listening Experience Database project team is pleased to announce the second project conference.

The Listening Experience Database (LED) Project is detecting evidence of personal experiences of listening to music, and gathering them in a database with the aim of establishing an evidential base for the exploration of the way music has impacted on people in the past.

The impact of music on individuals has been studied in different ways by psychologists, anthropologists, ethnomusicologists, social scientists, social and cultural historians and musicologists, and this conference aims to bring together several of these perspectives and methodologies.

Our keynote speakers are Professor Stephanie Pitts and Professor Dave Russell.

Proposals are invited for papers of up to 20 minutes (followed by 10 minutes of discussion), and panel sessions of up to 90 minutes.

We are interested in receiving proposals on a wide range of topics irrespective of period, musical genre or culture, but papers must have the experience of listening to music as a central feature. The following list of topics is not prescriptive, but may be taken as a guide:
• The musical experience and identities
• The social contexts of listening
• The musical experience and social class
• Methodologies for understanding listening
• How the evidence of listening experiences informs scholarly inquiry

Proposals should include:
• The name(s) and institutional affiliation(s) of the participant(s)
• Title of the paper
• Abstract (250 words)
• Short biographical note (100 words per participant)
• Any technical requirements beyond standard PowerPoint presentation facilities

The deadline for abstracts is 01 October 2017. Please email your proposal to

Proposals will be reviewed and notifications of acceptance sent out by the end of October 2017.

Registration will open in November 2017. All speakers apart from keynote speakers and LED project team members will be required to register.

Please feel free to address any queries to the conference organisers, Helen Barlow and Simon Brown, at