We live in an age acutely conscious of time: its passing and acceleration, its measurement and regulation, its evolutionary dynamic, its future promise, its own timing. Through this consciousness seems to run a thread of compulsion - a compulsion to master the clockwork of time, understand its rhythms, put it to most efficient use, direct its flow, grasp its provenance. Time has taken on the property of a thing or process that can be grasped and made to work in certain ways. But what exactly is time, and does it have the properties we think it has? What meanings of time have come to prevail in our age, and how do they shape human endeavour, being and aspiration? How does the arrow of time fly, and how has its flight been tracked in the past? Is it possible to imagine a future organised without clock-time as anything other than as a train that is either on track or derailed?
‘Time’ is the Institute’s theme for 2012-13, interpreted in its broadest sense – scientifically, symbolically, philosophically, literarily, politically and sociologically. This is a theme for scientists and social scientists, scholars in the arts and humanities, historians, theorists and practitioners, artists, and policymakers, and opinion formers. The body of work associated with the theme will address issues of major contemporary and intellectual interest and we encourage colleagues, collaborators and those interested in connecting with the Institute to contact us for further information or our visting Fellows, or specific colleagues involved in the Time sub-themes. For more about our subtheme and activities….
As part of the its 'Time' theme year the Institute of Advanced Study publishes a series of 'conversations' with academics across the faculties and visiting Fellows.
International Conference on Music and Emotion
Emotion's crucial role in musical experience has long been the object of philosophical reflection and empirical study. Contemporary work on music and emotion is happening in fields as diverse as aesthetics, psychology, sonic arts, evolutionary biology, anthropology, and neuroscience. Ironically, the subject is relatively neglected by music theory itself. This conference — organised by the Society for Music Analysis — brings together international experts in all these disciplines within a single forum to analyse and theorise ways in which emotion is encoded, mediated and unfolded by musical sounds and structures; and how musical emotion is measured, modelled and conceptualised.
Featuring a large number of invited speakers, the conference will promote a dialogue between music theorists, psychologists, philosophers, and scientists. The aim is to foster the growth of music and emotion as a general field: to share concepts, definitions, and methodologies; to communicate technical and practical knowledge across disciplinary boundaries; to improve consensus and thereby develop a framework to guide future research.
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Annual IAS London Event 2013 - 'Timed Out: evolving to extinction' - 26 June 2013, London
The Institute of Advanced Study brings together a panel of leading thinkers to discuss the intellectual, practical and ethical issues raised by humankind’s effects on evolutionary time. For more information please click here.
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Calendars and Festivals Public Lecture
Please note event date change for the Calendars and Festivals Public Lecture on 20 February 2013 to a rescheduled date of 15 May 2013. Further details available here