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Seventeenth Nordic Musicological Congress

Seventeenth Nordic Musicological Congress

11 - 14 August 2015, Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark

The Congress is co-organized by the Danish Musicological Society, the Department of Communication and Psychology and the Department of Culture and Global Studies, Aalborg University.

The Nordic Musicological Congress is typically a quadrennial event, gathering on the one hand researchers in music active in the Nordic countries and, on the other, researchers with an interest in the specific activities of Nordic music research or aspects of Nordic music and musical life. Recent congresses took place in Stockholm 2012, Oslo 2008, Helsinki 2004 and Aarhus 2000. The notion of a Nordic, regional community of music research might be open to debate. The 17th Nordic Musicological Congress will contribute to development of relations within this group as well as testing the very notion of Nordic musicology in the sense that has been developed through the years.

One of the main functions of the Aalborg-congress, however, is to be a broad forum for communication of current music research. The program committee has representatives from the Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, and Swedish musicological societies.

Please note that the congress will include two formats: Ordinary papers and panels. The organizers invite submissions of abstracts to both formats of no more than 2,500 characters in one of the congress languages (Nordic languages and English).

Following the congress, selected delegates will be invited to submit full papers for review and inclusion in a special edition of Danish Musicology Online.

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Conference venue

Rendsburggade 14
9000 Aalborg





The location for the 17th congress will be Aalborg University in Aalborg, Denmark. The congress will take place close to the Musikkens Hus and is hosted by the Music & Sound Knowledge Group in the Department of Communication and Psychology at Aalborg University. The Musikkens Hus is a purpose-built concert house opened early in 2014 that is home to both the university’s and the Royal Academy of Music's music activities as well as the Aalborg Symphony Orchestra. Built right on the fjord, it has four concert halls, Denmark’s largest pipe organ, and state-of-the-art recording facilities. It is situated about 5 minutes walk from the many bars (outside in August) and restaurants of Aalborg’s late mediaeval centre.

Aalborg is located in North Jutland on the Limfjord. It is the fourth largest city in Denmark and with a compact, well-preserved centre that is ideal for walking. It is well served by several airlines, often direct from major European cities or via Copenhagen, and a taxi or the number 2 bus can take you from the airport into the city centre within 10-20 minutes. There is also a train service from Copenhagen to Aalborg central station.

Registration is now open.


Congress delegates:

  • Early bird registration: DKK2000 up to 31st May 2015
  • Late registration: DKK3100 from 1st June 2015
  • Single day: DKK500

Publishers Fair:

  • Packages available from DKK350-DKK850

Although registration will remain open up to the start of the congress, if a paper has no author registered by 1st July 2015 then the paper will be removed from both the program and the abstract proceedings.

In addition to registering for the congress, you may also book hotels through the registration system. To register, click here.

Congress: 11 - 14 August 2015

Keynote Speakers

Norm Hirschy (Oxford University Press, senior commissioning editor for music & dance)

Timo Leisiö (Tampere University, emeritus professor)

Peter Vuust (Århus University, professor and head of the Danish National Research Foundation’s Center of Excellence for Music in the Brain)

Derek Scott (Leeds University, professor of music)

Tore Simonsen (Norwegian Academy of Music, emeritus professor)


Final programme (3rd August  2015)


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