Making Time in Music

 An international conference

Monday 12 September – Wednesday 14 September 2016

Faculty of Music, University of Oxford

Conference speakers:

Georgina Born
Professor of Music and Anthropology, University of Oxford
Vijay Iyer
Jazz pianist/composer and Franklin D and Florence Rosenblatt Professor of the Arts, Harvard University

The capacity to be in time together lies at the heart of all music-making and is one of the most profound of human capabilities; being in time together is implicated in social bonding, altered states, and foundational pleasures associated with music.  The ways in which we play in time together, also mark out difference – between genres and between instruments (and instrumentalists), between studio and live performance, between the virtuoso and the beginner.

In this conference, we address the complexity of making time from a range of perspectives and in so doing, will bring into dialogue, social, cultural, psychological, aesthetic, critical and educational understandings of musical time and timing.

We look forward to scholars joining us from different disciplines and whose interests span very different forms of music-making.

Best wishes

Mark Doffman, Emily Payne, Jonna Vuoskoski and Toby Young

Conference Committee


The conference organisers gratefully acknowledge the considerable support of the Leverhulme Trust in making this event possible.