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  • International Society for Philosophy of Music EducationCall for Papers

The Eighth International Symposium on the Philosophy of Music Education

Submissions are invited for the Eighth International Symposium on the Philosophy of Music Education at the Sibelius Academy, Helsinki, Finland, June 10–14, 2009. The symposium will bring together a diverse array of international scholars, philosophers, pedagogues, teacher practitioners and performers, interested in engaging in philosophical research concerning music education and music teacher preparation. The conference seeks to encourage and stimulate discussion on a wide range of topics relating to the philosophical bases and implications of music education from international and interdisciplinary perspectives.

The Sibelius Academy, one of the largest and most prestigious conservatories in Northern Europe, is proud to act as conference host, welcoming international scholars to the vibrant capital of Helsinki, Finland.

Paper proposals should provide a philosophical examination of an issue or question in music education such as:

Music education–why and to what end? Social justice, democracy, intercultural understanding–consequences and perspectives for music education; multiple and diverse philosophical approaches to the meaning of music–perspectives for music education; music education as a component of arts and/or aesthetic education; historical examinations on the philosophies of music and/or music education; music and music education as cultural praxis; philosophical aims and contents of music education in a rapidly changing, pluralistic world.

The following topics are of special interest:

  1. 1. Philosophy and the justification and legitimization of music education;

  2. 2. Philosophy and the contents and instructional aims of music education.

Investigations of gender studies, social justice, and multiculturalism are likewise welcome.

Send papers electronically to the Society’s e-conference site at < >. The e-conference link will provide a secure site for the submission, [End Page 117] review, and revision process. Papers must be in English, not exceeding 6000 words, and formatted using Microsoft Word or Rich Text Format. An abstract of no more than 250 words must accompany the text. Authors will certify that their papers have not been published elsewhere and are not under review for other conferences or publications. All submissions will be blind peer-reviewed by a panel of international scholars.

The deadline for submission is August 15, 2008. Late papers will not be accepted.

Invited speakers will be expected to give a shortened version of their paper within a strict 30-minute timeframe. Time will be provided for respondents to speak, as well as for dialogue and interaction among all Symposium participants. Individuals who wish to serve as respondents should contact the program organizers. Responses will be five to ten minutes in length. At the conclusion of the Symposium, presenters and respondents will be invited to submit their papers for consideration for publication in the Philosophy of Music Education Review (PMER). For submission guidelines for the PMER and sample articles, go to < >.

Authors of submitted papers are expected to attend the conference.

More information about the International Society for Philosophy of Music Education (ISPME) you will find at the web site .

For inquires about paper submissions, contact the program organizers, Dr. Werner Jank (< >) or Frederik Pio, PhD (< >). [End Page 118]



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