Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Musikwissenschaft



KOSMOS - Internationale Spitzenforschung zu Gast an der Humboldt-Universität


Das KOSMOS Programm ist ein zentrales Element der Internationalisierung von Forschung und Lehre im Rahmen des Zukunftkonzeptes "Bildung durch Wissenschaft" der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. KOSMOS bündelt und fördert drei Stärken der Humboldt-Universität: den internationalen und den interdisziplinären Austausch sowie die Förderung von Nachwuchsforschenden und -lehrenden der Humboldt-Universität.

Als äußerst flexible und vielseitige Initiative unterstützt das KOSMOS Programm Gastaufenthalte internationaler Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftler an der Humboldt-Universität mit drei einander ergänzenden Formaten: Von der zweiwöchigen KOSMOS Summer University für den intensiven Austausch über die KOSMOS Workshops (3-5 Tage) bis hin zu den KOSMOS Dialogen (1-3 Tage).




KOSMOS Workshop "Mind Wandering and Visual Mental Imagery in Music"

May 16-19, 2018

The ability to create a life in the mind is one of the most fascinating human capacities, and of interest to scholars in the cognitive sciences and humanities alike. Mind wandering is a very frequent mental activity that is defined as a shift of our attention away from the external perceptual environment towards internally-oriented, self-generated thoughts. These thoughts naturally flow over time and vary in their content dimensions (e.g., temporal focus, valence, intentionality) and form (images, music, speech, words). Mental images can create vivid experiences as our minds start to wander, and play a major role in creative processes as well as the perception of art. While researchers have investigated the significance and nature of visual mental imagery in connection with literature or visual arts, relatively little is known about the mechanisms and functions underlying mind wandering and visual mental imagery in music, even though recent evidence suggests that this is a common phenomenon. The central research question of this KOSMOS Workshop is thus what are the cognitive, affective, aesthetic, neural and phenomenological dimensions of the link between mind wandering, visual mental imagery and music.


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KOSMOS Workshop "Emerging Synchronization in Music Cognition"

September 27-30, 2017


Synchronization is an emerging topic in the sciences and the humanities. The workshop builds upon the integrative potential of synchronization and aims to sharpen and to enrich existing paradigms of synchronization in a cross-disciplinary perspective. The workshop draws upon recent research on music-based, non-verbal synchronizations. Special attention will be given to the dynamics and multi-dimensionality of synchronizing processes. Thus, the prevailing functional, operative and cognitive view on synchronization shall be complemented by the affective, biogenic, evaluative and multi-modal dimensions of synchronization.





KOSMOS Dialogue "Music, Emotion, and Visual Imagery"

June 1-3, 2017


Music can elicit powerful emotional reactions in the listener that are often accompanied by visual imagery (e.g., landscapes, friends, scenes of past events, colours, abstract shapes etc.). The aim of this KOSMOS Dialogue is to contextualize the research topic within broader currents of the cognitive sciences and humanities by bringing together researchers from different fields to map out interdisciplinary links and to elaborate paradigms, techniques and methods to be able to study the relationships between music, emotion, and visual imagery. Proposals for research reports and short position statements will be welcomed from researchers in any discipline from the sciences, social sciences or humanities that may be able to shed light on the ways in which music and visual imagery interact in creating an affective response.


Final programme