Speakers and Keynotes

Speakers and Keynotes

We are happy to announce three keynote speakers for this years conference. Read more about the keynotes here!

Dr. Anna Bull:  Class, control, and classical music: Reckoning with the socio-cultural legacies of classical music education

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Dr. Anna Bull is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Education and Sociology at the University of Portsmouth. A former classical pianist and cellist, her research interests include class and gender inequalities in classical music education and staff sexual misconduct in higher education. Her monograph Class, control, and classical music, looking at cultures of class and gender among young middle-class classical musicians in the south of England, was published in 2019 with Oxford University Press and in 2020 was joint winner of the British Sociological Association Philip Abrams Award. Anna is also a co-founder and director of  The 1752 Group, a research and lobby organisation working to address staff sexual misconduct in higher education.

Dr. Live Weider Ellefsen:  School music in the welfare state: genred, gendered and gentrified?


Dr. Live Weider Ellefsen is associate professor at INN, and member of the DYNAMUS research group that hosts ISSME 2021. Her PhD dissertation investigated how music student subjectivity is constituted in and through discourses of ‘musicianship’ and was commended by the jury for its strong theoretical and methodological grounding and reflexive style. Following her interest in the discursive production of subjectivity, knowledge and power in music education, Live has also examined Norwegian and Swedish Art and Music school practices, with a specific focus on the discourses that regulate how we understand competence, learning and participation. Currently, and within the DYNAMUS-project, she explores the social dynamics of musical upbringing and schooling in the Norwegian welfare state, focussing in particular on the role of compulsory school music education. 

Professor Guillermo Rosabal-Coto:  Music education: What is in a name? 


Professor Guillermo Rosabal-Coto. A native of Costa Rica (Central America), Guillermo Rosabal-Coto is a Professor of Music Education, Humboldt Professor 2020, and Director of Editorial UCR at Universidad de Costa Rica. He also holds teaching/research positions at Universidade do Estado de Santa Catarina (Brazil) and the Latin American Studies Program at the University of Toronto (Canada). He has co-edited special journal issues on music education and issues of colonialism, encompassing three languages and continents, for ISME’s Revista Internacional de Educación Musical (RIEM) and Action, Criticism, and Theory for Music Education (ACT). In his home university, he founded Observatorio del Musicar (Observatory of Musicking), which gathers an international network of study and activism in critical and decolonial pedagogies in the arts.