Cultural Heritage and Policy in a Digital Age

In 2018, I will be planning, coordinating and lecturing for a new PhD course open to international scholars entitled Cultural Heritage and Policy in a Digital Age. The course will examine the policy implications of how “big data” is changing human life worldwide.
This interdisciplinary course is offered through the Bergen Summer Research School, organized by “UiB Global”, the unit for Global and Development-Related Research at University of Bergen. The purpose of BSRS is to select accomplished scholars from diverse backgrounds, and an array of academic and professional fields, and apply an international and cross-disciplinary perspective to “address some of the most pressing global challenges of our time.” My partner for this course is Professor Tamsin Jillian Meaney, a prolific educationist with expertise in mathematics, technology and indigenous studies. We hope several PhD students from many countries and fields will be interested in joining us in beautiful Bergen for this program. More details will be posted here at a later stage in the planning process.   

Below is a description of the BSRS program borrowed from its website (http://www.uib.no/en/rs/bsrs/74475/global-challenges):

Every year, we select five to six PhD-level courses based in some of Bergen’s best research groups, each addressing important global challenges.

The BSRS is committed to produce and disseminate research-based education to address key global challenges through high quality disciplinary, interdisciplinary and problem oriented research-based education.
Definitions and understandings of global challenges are many. The United Nations has formulated a series of Sustainable Development Goals, the World Economic Forum publishes Global Risk Reports, and the UNDP has its frequent Human Development Report. For BSRS such measures will be points of departure, rather than frameworks, for critical reflection and debate. We believe that all disciplines have an obligation to challenge the international development agenda and to seek cross-disciplinary alternatives to the global challenges facing us.

Another starting point for BSRS is Bergen’s place in the world, as an international trading port situated on the rim of enormous marine, water and petroleum resources, close to wild and untouched nature—all limited resources in need of stewardship for a sustainable future. Natural resources, health, poverty, migration, language and culture are some recurring themes of the expertise that are involved in the summer research school.

The Bergen Summer Research School is a partnership of NHH-Norwegian School of Economics, Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, Chr. Michelsen Institute, and Uni Research, under the leadership of University of Bergen. The five partner institutions all contribute towards critical analysis of po­wer structures and promote a diversified and sustainable society. We all play our part in addressing global challenges and developing skills and initiative to promote a sustainable future. The Bergen Summer Research School is organized by UiB Global.


Music Conferences in Europe, June 2017

Yesterday (in late April) it briefly snowed here in Bergen, Norway, where winter tends to be very long, but the fleeting Nordic spring has nearly arrived and the brilliant summer will soon be here with its midnight sun. I eagerly look forward to another visit to China soon to collaborate with Professor Jiaxing Xie, Director of the Chinese Music Research Institute, China Conservatory, Beijing, with whom I am co-authoring the book A Global View of Music Education. In June are three other music conferences and meetings in Vilnius, London, and Oslo . . .

  • I will lead a writing workshop, “Development and Revision of Draft Chapters for NNME Book (Advancing Music Education in Northern Europe: Twenty Years of the Nordic Network for Music Education),” Nordic Network for Music Education coordinators meeting, at the Lithuanian University of Educational Sciences, Vilnius, Lithuania (June 2-3, 2017).
  • Organizing Committee Member, and Paper presentation, co-authored with Prof. Masafumi Ogawa (Yokohama National University, Japan), “Comparative Music Education and Social Theory: Reflections on Scholarly Comparisons of Japan and the United States,” 10th Biennial International Symposium on the Sociology of Music Education, at the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance, London (June 12, 2017).
  • Senior Researcher paper presentation, “Mapping Non-Western Contributions to Music Education Philosophy,” Advisory Board member (vicarious), Grieg Research School conference, in Oslo, Norway (June 16, 2017).

Also, I have been planning with Torunn Bakken Hauge for the hosting of a conference in Bergen in the Autumn, where Alexandra Kertz-Welzel will be one of our keynote speakers:

  • 20th Anniversary Intensive Master Seminar, Nordic Network for Music Education (Bergen, Norway, 30 October- 3 November, 2017). 

Sometimes musicians take themselves too seriously, so pictured above is an old stone sculpture of a donkey playing a hurdy-gurdy, atop a pedestal. I took this photo a few weeks ago at the edge of the great cathedral in Chartres, near Paris. (Update, 5/21/17: I am also attaching a new photo of the beautiful cherry blossoms in Bergen.; Update, 6/15/2017, also, a photo from the Closing Plenary Session of the ISSME meeting in London).   


The Music of the Past in the Postmodern World

This week is a very interesting event: ‘The Music of the Past in the Postmodern World’, 14th International Conference from the series “Musica Practica, Musica Theoretica” (4th–5th April 2017), at Paderewsky Academy of Music in Poznan, Poland



Historical Ethnomusicology Book Series

Yes, it really is happening. Soon there will be an entire book series in the field of historical ethnomusicology!

I will be co-editing the series with Jonathan McCollum, who was my co-author for the book Theory and Method in Historical Ethnomusicology as well as the ‘Historical Ethnomusicology’ entry in the forthcoming Sage International Encyclopedia of Music and Culture. We have previously each served as leaders of the Historical Ethnomusicology section of the Society for Ethnomusicology.

This new series will be open to original, innovative and rigorous scholarly work by ethnomusicologists, historical sociologists, and music archaeologists who study the music of the ancient through recent past, anywhere in the world. It will emphasize significant new findings, novel technological applications, and theoretical developments that challenge previous understandings of global music history. Books in this series will be written in a clear and accessible style with copious references, and effectively promoted through new media strategies. We will shortly be appointing an Editorial Advisory Board and seeking proposals.

More information will be posted here soon.


Music 2020: Interdisciplinarity, Innovation, Impact

Conference Announcement:
‘We are delighted to announce the International Music Research Summer School in Oslo, which will run from June 13th-16th 2017. The event is organized by the Grieg Research School in Interdisciplinary Music Studies (Western Norway), the Norwegian Academy of Music, Oslo, and the Department of Musicology, University of Oslo.
Invited speakers/presenters include:
• Kenneth Aigen, New York University Steinhardt (USA)
• Georgina Born, University of Oxford (UK)
• Jane Davidson, University of Melbourne (Australia)
• Mine Doğantan-Dack, University of Oxford (UK)
• Sarah Hibberd, University of Nottingham (UK)
• Øivind Varkøy, Norwegian Academy of Music (Oslo/Norway)’

Link to Poster:

More information:


Advancing Music Education in Northern Europe

A unique book is now under development that will show how music education has evolved with innovative approaches across recent decades in the Nordic and Baltic countries. This is a major outcome of projects affiliated with the Nordic Network for Music Education.

The planned book, Advancing Music Education in Northern Europe: Twenty Years of the Nordic Network for Music Education is edited by David Hebert and Torunn Bakken Hauge, and we now have several outstanding contributing authors, including Kristi Kiilu (Estonia), Mara Marnauza (Latvia), Jolanta Lasauskiene (Lithuania), Marja Heimonen (Finland), Tiri Bergesen Schei (Norway), Geir Johansen (Norway), Eva Saether (Sweden), Cecilia Ferm-Almqvist (Sweden), Lars Brinck (Denmark), Helga Rut Gudmondsdottir (Iceland), and many more. A full list of authors and chapter titles will be shared at a later date.

UPDATE (May 4, 2017) - Below is the Table of Contents from our book proposal:

Introduction - Torunn Bakken Hauge & David G. Hebert
Master seminars in music education across eighteen years: Inclusion, equality and democracy as lived experience - Cecilia Ferm Almqvist
Reflection on research collaborations: A call for Nordic research on music education and democracy - Eva Sæther & Adriana Di Lorenzo Tillborg


Musical performance and tacit self-censorship - Tiri Bergesen Schei
Music, universality and globalization: Some challenges for music education in the decades to come - Geir Johansen
On the intrinsic value of musical experience - Øivind Varkøy
An Icelandic perspective on the Nordic music education community - Helga Rut Gudmundsdottir
Moving alone or together?: Collective perspectives on music education - Lars Brinck
Advancing music education via Nordic cooperation: Equity and equality as central concepts in Finland - Marja Heimonen & David G. Hebert
Bridging the past, present and future in Estonian music education: Development of the National Curricula, 1991-2016 - Kristi Kiilu, Anu Sepp & Urve Läänemets
A paradigm shift in Latvian music teacher education: A selection of research experience in the period, 2008 – 2017 - Mara Marnauza & Sanita Madalane
Music teacher education challenges: National and international perspectives in Lithuania - Jolanta Lasauskiene
Conclusion: Learning from Two Decades of Music Education - David G. Hebert & Torunn Bakken Hauge


Music at Western Norway University of Applied Sciences

Large mergers are underway across higher education institutions in western Norway. As of January 2017, my job will be with the newly formed Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, which has 5 campuses and around 16,000 students. I have been told that our music department will be the largest in western Norway - within what has become one of the nation's biggest public universities - and that we will continue to have its largest programs for music teacher education. We also continue to be affiliated with the Grieg Research School for Interdisciplinary Music Studies. I hope the new university websites will manage to keep up with all these new developments.
Here are links for more information: