International Colloquium “Music, gestures and emotions”

Begin : 2013-06-03 09:00:00
End : 2013-06-05 19:00:00
Location :
Conservatoire Place Neuve, (Afternoon June 4: Uni Dufour), Geneva

  • Description

    An international colloquium on "Music, gestures and emotions" will be held at the University of Geneva as collaboration between the Swiss Center for Affective Sciences and the Geneva University of Music from June 3 to 5 June 2013.

    This international colloquium on music, gestures and emotion brings together researchers from different research domains, including psychology, philosophy, musicology, technologies neuroscience, and art history. Across disciplines musical gestures and their effects on emotion will be presented not only in terms of physical motions in music performances but also as imagined movements, i.e. metaphoric representations, associated with musical structure. The role of gestures in music as means of expressivity will be discussed, to describe the close link between music and emotions in the different fields of research. Theoretical and empirical presentations of research around this topic will be presented, which will cover both the production and the perception of gestures in music, together with the mechanisms that underlie these two processes.

    The colloquium will be accompanied by a concert performed by students of the Geneva University of Music to illustrate the theme of the colloquium.

    The conference is free but the number of places is limited. If you are interested please register using the following link:


    Invited speakers:

    • Laurent Aubert - Ateliers d'Ethnomusicologie, Genève
    • Xavier Bouvier - Geneva University of Music
    • Steven Brown - McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario
    • Rémy Campos - Geneva University of Music
    • Antonio Camurri - University of Genova
    • Sofia Dahl - Aalborg University, Copenhagen
    • Luciano Fadiga - University of Ferrara
    • Constance Frei - University of Geneva
    • Béatrice de Gelder - Tilburg University
    • Didier Grandjean - University of Geneva
    • Donald Glowinski - University of Genova
    • Rolf Inge Godøy - University of Oslo
    • Marc Leman - Ghent University
    • Aurélien Poidevin - Geneva University of Music
    • Marc-André Rappaz - Geneva University of Music
    • Wiebke Trost - University of Geneva
    • Marcelo Wanderley - McGill University, Montréal


    Here you can find the full program of the colloquium.



    Monday, June 3

    Tuesday, June 4

    Wednesday, June 5

    9h00 - 9h30

    Registration and Welcome



    9h30 - 10h30

    Rémy Campos –

    Aurélien Poidevin

    Marc Leman

    Steven Brown

    10h30 - 11h30

    Antonio Camurri –

    Donald Glowinski

    Luciano Fadiga

    Laurent Aubert

    11h30 - 11h45

    Coffee break

    Coffee break

    Coffee break

    11h45 - 12h45

    Rolf Inge Godøy

    Constance Frei

    Wiebke Trost

    12h45 - 14h00

    Lunch break

    Lunch break

    Farewell lunch

    14h00 - 15h00

    Béatrice de Gelder

    Marcelo Wanderley


    15h00 - 16h00

    Xavier Bouvier

    Sofia Dahl


    16h00 - 16h30

    Coffee break

    Coffee break


    16h30 - 17h30

    Visit of the Virtual Reality Lab at the BBL

    Marc-André Rappaz - Didier Grandjean




    Social Dinner




    Organizing committee:

    • Prof. Didier Grandjean, Swiss Center for Affective Sciences - University of Geneva
    • Prof. Marc-André Rappaz, Geneva University of Music
    • Wiebke Trost, PhD, Swiss Center for Affective Sciences - University of Geneva
    • Kim Eliard, Swiss Center for Affective Sciences - University of Geneva


    For further information please contact:




    Hotel information: (Hotel Bel'Espérance)

    To get from the hotel Bel'Espérance to the location of the colloquium go to the tram and bus stop 'Rive', take tram number 12 and get off at stop 'Place de Neuve'.