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Published on Friday, December 17, 2021


This third and last study day on the theme of music and democracy aims to explore the potential of music to contribute to this rethinking of participatory processes.



online event



14 January

(13:45-18:30, UK Time Zone)

13:45 Introductory words (Robert Adlington and Igor Contreras Zubillaga)

14:00-15:00 Keynote Lecture: Hélène Landemore (Yale University): “What Is Music to Democratic Ears and Hearts? On Emotions and the Arts in an Open Democracy”

15:00-15:15 Break

15:15-16:45 Kinds of Consensus

  • Drake Andersen (Vassar College): “Open-Source Music: A Model for Deliberative and Participatory Decision-Making”
  • Moss Freed (City, University of London): “Re-evaluating Micromotives: Changing a Performance Practice through Non-verbal ‘Consensus’ in Union Division”
  • Andrew Snyder (Universidade Nova de Lisboa): “Consensus Process in the Decision Making of an Alternative Brass Band”

16:45-17:00 Break

17:00-18:30 Democratic Roles

  • Victoria Aschheim (Dartmouth College): “Tyshawn Sorey’s Autoschediasms and the Democratic Experience of Timbre”
  • Alex W. Rodríguez (Independent Researcher): “Abolishing the Terms of Unison: Ornette Coleman’s Aesthetic Marronage”
  • Marcel Zaes Sagesser (Southern University of Science and Technology, Shenzhen): “The ‘Perfect’ Ensemble Member: Time-Keeping as Negotiation of Individuality”

15 January

(13:00-19:00, UK Time Zone)

13:00-14:00 Keynote Lecture: Raymond MacDonald (University of Edinburgh): “Serious Fun with Improvising: Challenging Hegemonies, Hierarchies and Meritocracies”

14:00-14:15 Break

14:15-15:15 Processes of Decision-making

  • Geoff Bright (Manchester Metropolitan University), Anton Hunter (BIMM Manchester), and Gillian Whiteley(Loughborough University): “‘Just doing stuff together’: Free Improvisation, Transversal Micro-politics and Democracy”
  • James Saunders (Bath Spa University): “Participatory Decision-Making as Compositional Process”

15:15-15:30 Break

15:30-16:30 Keynote Lecture: Anna Bull (University of York): “‘You Should Listen to Me Because I’m the One Playing It’. Embedding Youth Voice Within Instrumental Classical Music Education”

16:30-16:45 Break

16:45-18:45 Participatory Publics

  • Eric Lemmon (Stony Brook University): “Dissensus, Refusal and Participatory Music: Negation and Rupture in Crowd in C
  • Charlie Sdraulig (The University of Melbourne) and Louis d’Heudieres (Independent Researcher): “Attending to Attending: Performing Audience Personae in Contemporary Music”
  • Daniel Rozenberg (European University Institute) and Paul-Georg Ender (Leeds University): “Crip Camp & Protest Songs: How Music and Audio Design Can Make Participatory Spaces More Inclusive?”
  • Shreya Ramnath (Central European University, Vienna): “From the Sabha to the Smartphone: COVID19, Social Media and Changing Power Relations in Carnatic Music”

18:45-19:00 Concluding thoughts

Event attendance modalities

Full online event


  • Friday, January 14, 2022
  • Saturday, January 15, 2022


  • music, democracy, participatory process, improvisation, participatory public, democratic role, decision-making


  • Igor Contreras Zubillaga
    courriel : contrerasigor [at] gmail [dot] com

Information source

  • Igor Contreras Zubillaga
    courriel : contrerasigor [at] gmail [dot] com


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« Rethinking Participatory Processes Through Music », Study days, Calenda, Published on Friday, December 17, 2021, https://doi.org/10.58079/17xd

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