Aural Diversity Conferences

The first Aural Diversity Conference will take place on Saturday November 30th and Sunday December 1st 2019 at the University of Leicester and at the Attenborough Arts Centre.

It will coincide with the International Day of Persons with Disabilities at University of Leicester. It will be a relaxed event, designed to be accessible to all.

The conference theme is the consequences of aural diversity for sound and music. The conference will comprise academic papers and musical performances that conform to the Aural Diversity conventions.

Keynote Papers:

  • Prof John Levack Drever - Phonating Hand Dryers: exploits in aural diverse composition and co-composition.
  • Dr Alinka Greasley - Exploring the music listening behaviour of people with hearing impairments: patient and practitioner perspectives.
  • Prof Andrew Hugill - Consequences of Meniere's Disease and other forms of hearing impairment for musicians, their music-making, hearing care and technologies.
  • Prof Peter Rea - Aural Diversity: the consequences of pathology and treatment. A surgeon's perspective.

About the keynote speakers:

  • John Levack Drever is Professor of Acoustic Ecology and Sound Art, and Head of the Unit for Sound Practice Research (SPR), Goldsmiths College.
  • Alinka Greasley is Associate Professor in Music Psychology at University of Leeds, and Director of the Hearing Aids for Music project.
  • Andrew Hugill is an Emeritus Professor of Music, and Professor of Creative Computing, University of Leicester.
  • Peter Rea is Chairman of the British Society of Neuro-Otology, and ENT surgeon at University Hospitals Leicester.

The call for papers is now closed. The conference programme will be published here in due course.

The conference registration fee will be £25 (£10 for students, senior citizens, disabled and registered unemployed people). Tickets will be made available via this website from August.