isaScience is now isaResearch!

For 10 years, isaScience has been established as mdw's international conference for interdisciplinary research on music and performing arts. Scholars, artists, and activists from various disciplinary backgrounds and academic levels joined the discourse on the annual thematic focus isa, the international summer academy of mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, Austria.

Due to the organic development of recent years, the isaScience conference will now become the isaResearch Summer School, which specifically addresses and supports early stage researchers. isaResearch continues to see itself as an interdisciplinary, international forum for negotiating the isa annual theme theoretically and discursively along current issues and embedding it in the diverse contexts of Vienna's urban space. The isaResearch Summer School for Early Stage Researchers will take place at the same time as the artistic masterclasses and the festival on campus, thus turning a over a new leaf for isa's research track.

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This was isaScience 2023

26-30 August 2023, Reichenau/Rax, Austria and online

isaScience23 Flyer © Annija Česka

isaScience23 Flyer © Annija Česka

Keynote Lectures by

  • Srđan Atanasovski, Institute of Musicology SASA, Belgrade
  • Alexandrine Boudreault-Fournier, University of Victoria
  • Sumanth Gopinath, University of Minnesota
  • Ana Hofman, ZRC SAZU Institute of Culture and Memory Studies, Ljubljana

Sound and social relations are tightly interwoven and oftentimes contingent upon each other. ‘Sonic Ties’ offers a lens through which to study the qualities of connection and intersubjectivity that arise through sound. isaScience 2023  explores ‘Sonic Ties’ as a central mode of sharing communality and experiencing collectivity through music, dance, and other phenomena of performance and cultural expression.

By focusing on this specific mode of relating the sonic and the social, mdw’s interdisciplinary, international conference investigates how sound shapes collectives and communities in different societal, historical, and geopolitical contexts, and the ways in which these sonic ties reflect back on the individuals involved. Looking at communities and collectives from social movements to musical ensembles, from ethnic communities to artist collectives, isaScience 2023 seeks to investigate the entanglements of sound and power relations. What are the different forms and degrees of sonic participation and to what extent are they tied to local or globalized experiences?

Academic Board: Andrea Glauser, Marko Kölbl, Stephanie Probst

Registration is free of charge. Complementary funding for travel and accommodation costs is available after acceptance of the proposal on a case-by-case basis.

mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna covers lunch and coffee breaks on-site.

Contact: Kathrin Heinrich,

Organisation: Kathrin Heinrich, Valerie Gföhler, Therese Kaufmann




Kathrin Heinrich, MA
Research Support

Tel: +43 1 711 55-6115

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