Welcome to the website of The 11th International Symposium on the

Philosophy of Music Education

University of Thessaly , Volos, Greece

7–10 June 2017 (pre-conference: 5-7 June 2017).




From childhood he dreamed of being able to keep with him all the objects in the world lined up on his shelves and bookcases. He denied lack, oblivion or even a likelihood of missing a piece. Order streamed from Noah in blue triangles and as the pure fury of his classifications rose around him, engulfing his life they came to be called waves by others, who drowned, a world of them.

Anne Carson, Short Talks, 1992


ISPME Symposium XI will bring together a diverse array of international philosophers, scholars, teachers, teacher educators, and creative practitioners interested in engaging in philosophical research concerning music education. The symposium seeks to encourage and stimulate discussion and debate on a wide range of topics relating to the philosophy of music education from international and interdisciplinary perspectives. During the course of the symposium more than fifty scholars from more than ten countries, will gather to debate and discuss their ideas on pressing contemporary issues pertaining to music education, adopting a wide variety of perspectives.  
ISPME Symposium XI is proud to present four distinguished keynote speakers from Italy, Norway & Greece (Alexandros Kioupkiolis, Eleni Lapidaki, Elena Tavani, and Øivind Varkøy), whose diverse backgrounds (music education philosophy, aesthetics and political philosophy) promises to bring to our symposium a rich variety of perspectives - for details see under 'keynotes'. On Friday evening (June 9) the symposium will also host an improvised performance that centers around songs of Manos Hadjidakis (1925-1994), that will culminate to piecemeal III, a verbal score that all conference delegates will be invited to perform. The Symposium will be preceded by ISPME XI Pre-conference where doctoral students engaged in philosophical treatment of music education issues will have the opportunity to present their projects and discuss philosophical and/or methodological concerns with each other and with leading scholars in our field.

Conference venue: Both main conference and pre-conference will be held at Tsalapatas Congress Hall, a renovated industrial complex (formely N. & S. Tsalapatas Rooftile and Brickworks Factory), not far from Volos Coach Station (address: Giannitson 9, Volos 383 34). 


Registration is now open. To register please go to: http://ispme2017.uth.gr/registration


Since 1990, the International Society for the Philosophy of Music Education (ISPME) has organised ten international symposia - Bloomington, Indiana, U.S.A. (1990), Toronto, Canada (1994), Los Angeles, U.S.A. (1997), Birmingham, U.K. (2000), Lake Forest, Illinois, U.S.A. (2003), Hamburg, Germany (2005), London, Ontario, Canada (2007), Helsinki, Finland (2010), New York, U.S.A (2013), and Frankfurt, Germany (2015). ISPME Symposium XI is hosted by the Department of Early Childhood Education of Thessaly University, in Volos, a coastal port city situated midway on the Greek mainland, about 330 kilometres north of Athens, Greece. More information about the International Society for Philosophy of Music Education (ISPME) can be found at: http://ispme.net, where one can also find links to previous symposia websites.


For more information you are welcome to contact: 

Chair:  Eva Georgii-Hemming (Örebro University, Sweden) Email: eva.georgii-hemming@oru.se


Site Chair: Panagiotis A. Kanellopoulos (University of Thessaly, Greece) Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Davou Bia, Untitled, 1975, Ink on Paper, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens, Greece

Bia Davou
Untitled, 1975
Ink on paper
70 x 50 cm
Donated by Zafos Xagoraris

National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens, http://www.emst.gr/en/
Inv. No. 781/12


Important Dates

1 November 2016: 
Deadline for paper submission
12 December 2016: 
End of review phase
15 December 2016: 
Feedback to authors
9 January 2017: 
Deadline submission, revised papers
6 February 2017: 
Feedback to authors
5-7 June 2017: 
7-10 June 2017: 
Main conference