Welcome to the Sociology of the Arts Group at Exeter University (SocArts). We are a team of past and present Ph.D. students of Professor Tia DeNora, united by a commitment to examine music and the arts in situations of action. Put simply, our research aims to ‘put the art back in social science approaches to the arts’.
Programme for SocArts symposium 2011
The programme for the 2011 SocArts symposium on Music - Conflict - Transformation is now ready. This year's topic encouraged a large number of submissions of a very high quality, and we are proud to present the largest SocArts symposium so far with 21 presentations in all as well as a large number of additional attendants. The interest in this field and the approaches we see in the contributions also show that SocArts key concern with how music matters in social life is shared by many others around the world.
We are also very pleased to host a number of practioners and musicians as well as researchers. A dialogue between us will help improve our understanding of how music works in social situations and groups. We welcome you all to Exeter and hope you will have a fruitful seminar. The full program is listed below.
5th issue of Music and Arts in Action now available
The fifth issue of Music and Arts in Action (MAiA) (marking the third year of publication) is now online, The articles in this issue address varied fields of performance: opera, rock music, and engaged theatre. Taken together, these pieces look in detail at how individual performers, prop-makers, directors, playwrights, composers, and others work interactively with aesthetic materials (e.g., scripts, lights, bodies, musical scores and instruments, etc.) to carefully design and carry out a ‘successful’ performance (both in terms of achieving a set aim of audience impact, as well as seamlessly integrating performer and performance).