Roundtable panel: Challenges and prospects: arts-based research in music

  • Emily Worthington (Speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk


The aim of this panel is to discuss the import and input of arts- based research in music. Arts-based research has emerged during the last decades as a new area of inquiry into a wide range of epistemological issues and methodological approaches concerning the role of art in research and the role of research in art. A key tenet in this intellectual lineage is that reality is complex and multifaceted, and that art is a sensory and affective way of being in the world and of knowing the world, different from and supplementary to the verbal, linear ways of investigating and expressing experience. The term ‘arts-based research’, sometimes interchanged with the terms practice- or performance-based or -led research, is used to denote a diverse body of work, in which one or more art forms or processes are involved in the doing of research. The role of art in this work is, variously, to elicit information, to analyze data, and/or to present research findings. Arts-based research in music is a dynamic, rapidly evolving field which promises to carve out new research methods and directions and to reshape the institutional identity, funding opportunities, public interfaces, and interdisciplinary borders within the diverse field of music studies (musicology, ethnomusicology, music education, etc). Debating on the multiple practices, theories, methods, and politics of arts-based research may enlarge our view of what constitutes music practice as research and suggest new ways to produce and advance knowledge.
Period28 Nov 2020
Event title12th Interdepartmental Musicological Conference under the auspices of the Hellenic Musicological Society
Event typeConference
Conference number12
LocationThessaloniki, GreeceShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational