International Council for Traditional Music

A Non-Governmental Organization in Formal Consultative Relations with UNESCO

First Symposium of the ICTM Study Group on Sound, Movement, and the Sciences

28-30 September 2020 (new dates!)
KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden

Program  |  Practical information  |  Contact and committees

Symposium themes:

The ICTM Study Group on Sound, Movement, and the Sciences (SoMoS) aims to bring together and support scholars whose work combines methods and approaches from ethnomusicology and/or ethnochoreology with those from the sciences to explore sound and movement in musical and dance contexts. Here, the sciences are broadly defined, including but not limited to disciplines such as cognitive science, psychology, linguistics, computer science, statistics, mathematics, biology, physics, and medical science.

We propose that ethnographic and science-based approaches can complement each other, producing insights that might be difficult to achieve otherwise. However, we acknowledge the difficulties associated with such complementary work. For our first official symposium, we welcome proposals on any topic that aligns with the aims and themes of the Study Group. In particular, we invite contributions that combine ethnographic and science-based approaches, explore the issues involved in such endeavors, or present reflective discussions on relevant theories and methodologies.

Keynote speaker:

Gediminas Karoblis (Norwegian University of Science and Technology)


A preliminary program will be published by the end of March. The final program will be available before end of July.

All accepted papers will have a 20 minutes slot allotted for oral presentation, followed by 10 minutes of Q&A. After the symposium, all authors will be required to submit an extended abstract of their papers (approx. 1200 words) for publication in the symposium proceedings.


The registration platform will be open at the end of March.

Registration fees

  • Standard: 50€
  • Students: 30€

By the time of registration for the symposium you have to be an ICTM member. Here you can find information about membership to ICTM.


The SoMoS Symposium 2020 will be hosted by the Sound and Music Computing group of the KTH Royal Institute of Technology. It will take place in Room 1440 of the Main Building (Huvudbyggnad) of KTH Campus, located in Lindstedtsvägen 3, Stockholm.


Stockholm can be reached by plane through Stockholm Arlanda Airport. There are different options to get from the airport to the city center, among which FlixBus and Flygbussarna offer frequent convenient buses. The main train station is Stockholms Central, with international trains coming from Copenhagen (5 hours) and Oslo (6 hours). There are many ferries comming to the Port of Stockholm, from cities like Helsinki, Tallinn, Riga and Saint Petersburg.

The closest metro station to the Symposium's venue is Tekniska Högskolan, line 14 (red).


The closest hotel to the venue is Elite Hotel Arcadia (Körsbärsvägen 1, Stockholm), at 10 minutes walking distance. Double rooms around 150€ per night.

Other accommodation options are available, including hotels, hostels, and appartments.

Among hostels at around 20~30 minutes walking distance to the venue there are:


Please feel free to contact Rainer Polak ( or André Holzapfel ( with any questions regarding the symposium. If you have questions concerning the Study Group or ICTM membership, contact Kendra Stepputat (, Lara Pearson ( or Rafael Caro Repetto (

Symposium Program Committee:

Rainer Polak (Chair)
Siri Mæland
Babak Nikzat
Stella Paschalidou

Local Organising Committee:

André Holzapfel

SoMoS Executive Committee:

Kendra Stepputat
Lara Pearson
Rafael Caro Repetto