The work of the Open University Music Department is strongly represented at the forthcoming RMA Music and Philosophy Study Group 2nd Annual Conference at Kings College London. Robert Samuels will be chairing a session on “Music and Language” while Byron Dueck and Ruth Herbert are giving position papers as part of a discussion forum centring on the relationship and potential synergy between the fields of ethnomusicology and the philosophy of music. The theme of Byron’s paper is the ontology of metre (where metre exists and what it is). He’ll address the question of what happens when metrical music is adopted by members of a music culture who do not (appear to) metricalise. Ruth’s paper will focus on the subjective experience of music, particularly the manner in which different disciplines (philosophy, psychology, ethnomusicology) construct the phenomenology of musical engagement in quite different ways. She’ll use the topic of music and trance to address three key philosophical questions: What is the nature of experience? How does music mean? What is the relationship between music and emotion? The conference runs from 20-21st July. Programme available here.