Department of Music

the university of hong kong


Music and the Human Body

Fri-Sun 9-11 March 2012
MG07 Main Building
The University of Hong Kong


Department of Music and the Centre for the Humanities and Medicine
The University of Hong Kong


What is the relationship between music and the body? Almost everything concerning music is quintessentially related to the body, yet the answers to this question are multifaceted. The relationship is multimodal involving the auditory, kinaesthetic, and visual, and is observed at diverse levels of experience across sensation, perception, creation/production, interpretation, and communication. The notion of "body" itself is multivalent, and thus the connection can be subject to various interpretations from different perspectives, such as anatomical, medical, cognitive, aesthetic, cultural, social, and historical. Reckoning the clashes between these perspectives, this conference proposes to investigate the multidimensional relationship between music and the body in a setting that promotes a genuine intellectual exchange of ideas.

The conference is particularly interested in questions and approaches that cut across traditional disciplines. For example, how the humanistic interpretation of corporeality could be linked to the scientific studies of the theme? Conversely, what are the implications of recent medical and neuroscientific investigations to the historical and cultural contextualisation of music and the body? How has music been used to control the body? And in light of the expanded notion of the musical mind and brain, how is the duality between the body and mind viewed in today's discourse on music perception? Other interpretations of the theme are equally welcome.


The conference will feature a keynote address by Sander Gilman (Emory University/The University of Hong Kong), with invited presentations by Eric Clarke (University of Oxford), Lawrence Zbikowski (University of Chicago), Martha Feldman (University of Chicago), Atau Tanaka (Goldsmiths, University of London) and Marina Gilman (Emory Voice Center).


Dr. Youn KIM  
Department of Music  
The University of Hong Kong  
Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong