‘SIMM-posium #5’

12 Jan. →
9 Mar.'21

9 free online sessions on the social impact of making music

Every year since 2015, the international research platform SIMM (Social Impact of Music Making) has brought together experts from the fields of musical practice and research. After Brussels and Ghent, London, Porto and Bogota, the annual SIMM-posium returns to Belgium this winter, hosted by BOZAR. From 12 January to 9 March, weekly online sessions will bring together some of the world’s leading specialists to explore themes that combine music and activism. They will address issues such as “music in detention”, “social music projects in the Global South”, and “intercultural social music projects”. At a time when the coronavirus crisis has plunged our societies into a cycle of isolation, whose harmful effects are becoming increasingly clear, this series of discussions on artistic citizenship and the collective impact of music reminds us of the predominant role of art and culture in the development of social cohesion and social work.


Discover the full programme:

12.01.2021, 4-5.30pm: Welcome session and keynote speech by Geoffrey Baker
- Introduction and welcome by Lukas Pairon (founding director SIMM, BE)
- Keynote Rethinking Social Action Through Music by Geoffrey Baker (Royal Holloway University, UK) followed by an exchange with SIMM-president John Sloboda (Guildhall School of Music and Drama, UK)

19.01.2021, 4-5.30pm: Session 1 - Musicians in social music projects (I)
With Filip Verneert (LUCA School of Art Leuven, BE), John Sloboda (Guildhall School of Music and Drama, UK), Kate Wareham (University of Sheffield, UK)
Introduction by the chair, Ann De Bisschop (University College Ghent, BE)

26.01.2021, 4-5.30pm: Session 2 - Music in detention (I)
Flore Croux, Silke Marynissen (Vrije Universiteit Brussel & Ghent University, BE), Alessandro Mazzola (Guildhall School of Music, UK), Ailbhe Kenny (Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick, IE)
Introduction by the chair, John Speyer (Music in Detention, UK)

02.02.2021, 4-5.30pm: Session 3 - Music in detention (II)
With Natalie Betts (Music and Creative Arts Lecturer, HMP Portland Music Instructor, UK), Catherine Birch (York St John University Prison Partnership Project & Singing and Songwriting with Women, UK), Laura Caulfield (University of Wolverhampton, UK), 
Claudio Cerqueira Mendes (Federal University of Bahia, Brazil), Mary Cohen (University of Iowa, US), Dirk Proost (IN/OUT & Escape through Art, BE), Annette Ziegenmeyer,Sarah Fehrmann (University of Wuppertal, DE) and Kirstin Anderson (University of the West of Scotland, UK).
Introduction by the Chair Mary Cohen (University of Iowa, US) 

9.02.2021, 4-5.30pm: Session 4 - Intercultural social music projects (I)
Kim Boeskov (Aarhus University Kopenhagen, DK), Frank Heuser (UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, University of California, US), Sean Prieske (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, DE), Alexandra Lamont (Keel University, UK)
Introduction by the chair, John Sloboda (Guildhall School of Music and Drama, UK)

16.02.2021, 10-11.30am: Session 5 - Intercultural social music projects (II)
With Jane W. Davidson, Alexander Crooke, Trisnasari Fraser (AU), Mariko Hara (University of Melbourne, AU), Tia de Nora (University of Exeter, UK), Gillian Howell (University of Melbourne, AU), Charulatha Mani (Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre, Griffith University, AU), 
Introduction by the chair, Brydie-Leigh Bartleet (Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre,Griffith University, AU)

23.02.2021, 10-11.30am: Session 6 - Musicians in social music projects (II)
Thomas Köhn (Institute for Art, Music and its Mediation, Leuphana University Lüneburg, DE), Mia Nakamura (Kyushu University, JP), Yukiyo Sugiyama (Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, JP), Tiziana Rossi (Conservatorio di musica “A.Boito”, Parma, IT), Lorraine Roubertie (Université Clermont Auvergne, FR)
Introduction by the chair, Graça Mota (CIPEM/INET-md – Centro de Investigação em Psicologia da Música e Educação Musical, Porto, PT)

2.03.2021, 4-5.30pm: Session 7 - Social music projects in the Global South (I)
Juan Sebastian Rojas (Juan N. Corpas University Foundation, Bogota, CO), Sebastian Olave-Soler (Sorbonne University / CRIMIC, FR), Lukas Pairon (SIMM / University of Ghent, BE)
Introduction by the chair, Lukas Pairon (SIMM, BE)

9.03.2021, 4-5.30pm: Session 8 - Social music projects in the Global South (II)
Natalia Julian Puerta Gordillo (Guildhall School, UK), Agata Ricca (University of Aveiro, PT), Viviana Valenzuela (University of Buenos Aires, AR)
Introduction by the chair, Maria Majno (Sistema Europe, IT)

Practical information


BOZAR/Centre for Fine Arts

Rue Ravenstein 23 1000 Brussels


  • English

This symposium is part of the Art & Well-being project, co-financed by the European Union's Creative Europe programme.​​​​​​​


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Welcome session 

Session 1

Session 2 

Session 3 

Session 4 

Session 5 

Session 6 

Session 7 

Session 8 ​​​​​​​

Find the complete programming of the SIMM-POSIUM on the SIMM website:



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  • Art&well-being