Past Event

Embodied Cognition Workshop: Music and Movement

February 11, 2016
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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The Heyman Center (Second Floor Common Room), Columbia University, New York
A person walks with electrodes attached to various parts of the body


  • Mariusz Kozak, Department of Music, Columbia University
  • Luc Nijs, Institute for Psychoacoustics and Electronic Music, Ghent University


  • Andrew Goldman, Presidential Scholars in Society and Neuroscience, Columbia University
  • Carmel Raz, Society of Fellows in the Humanities, Columbia University

Moderated by Jenny Boulboullé, Lecturer in History and Columbia-CHF Scholar, Columbia University

This workshop will explore the relationship between music and embodiment. Starting from a specific view on the musician-instrument relationship, Dr. Nijs will elaborate on the importance of the embodied music cognition paradigm for instrumental music teaching and learning, focusing on the different levels of embodiment. Drawing on recent work in motion-capture and on close readings of several passages from contemporary Western Art Music, Professor Kozak will discuss how music as an aesthetic object can be understood through the bodies of performers and listeners. Their explorations will be followed by responses and a panel discussion with music scholars from different disciplines.

This event is free and open to the public.