5th September 2019

University of Liverpool


The idea that listening to sounds can trigger memory has captured the public’s imagination. Through the media, for example, music has been presented as a resource for autobiographical remembering, as in BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs and the film documentary Alive Inside, which showed how listening to music can enable those living with dementia to access memories. The Sonic Memory day will call upon researchers from all areas of music studies to share methodological approaches to and understandings of music, listening and memory, including those from sonic studies music psychology, music ethnography, music therapy, popular music studies and sociology. In doing so, the symposium has the following three aims: 

  • To bring together different ways of thinking about ‘sonic memory’ and develop collaboration between scholars from different areas of music studies.

  • To deepen understanding of the relationship between music, listening and memory.

  • To strengthen the contribution of Musicology to research and debate on topical and pressing issues.

We would welcome abstracts for 20-minute papers from a wide range of approaches. For papers please submit a 300 word abstract by the 12th July 2019 to

The study day also provides an opportunity for PhD students to present a ‘three-minute thesis’, condensing their research into a three-minute presentation for an audience keen to discuss and engage with their work. For the 3 min thesis please submit: the thesis title and a short paragraph highlighting its’ relevance for the study day by 12th July 2019 to