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Research The Groningen Research Institute for the Study of Culture (ICOG) Research Research centres Research Centre for Arts in Society Theme groups

Music, Sound, and Culture

The research in this area deals with audio cultures and the dynamics through which sounds and sonic structures are articulated with and afford meanings or become agents in material processes. We study the social, economic, and political outcomes of these processes and we examine various forms of contemporary and historical engagement with music/sound while also fostering an understanding of the ways specific contexts have shaped and constrained the perceptions, actions, thoughts, and feelings that constitute that engagement.

The Music, Sound and Culture theme group also organise regular public lectures. The series, entitled "Music Matters", makes links between the performance and academia, with talks from practitioners, industry specialists, and academics from across the globe. For more information, visit

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Last modified:19 June 2024 10.39 a.m.