presentation SIMM @ Athens International Conference ‘Soundscapes of Trauma’ @ Athens Conservatoire, Athens
May 23 @ 9 h 00 min – May 25 @ 18 h 00 min

Lukas Pairon presents the work of the international research platform SIMM on the possible social impacts of music-making at the conference ‘Soundscapes of Detention’, co-organised by the Department of Social Anthropology (Panteion University, Athens), the Laboratory of Anthropological Research (Panteion University, Athens), the Athens Conservatoire, and SIMM (Brussels).

Music has been intrinsically linked with repression, punishment, and warfare, as well as therapy and survival in situations of detention, war, and conflict zones. Music torture and sonic weapons are only a few examples that are by no means limited to contemporary times. At the same time, there is a growing scholarship on the beneficial effects of music in war and/or detention (e.g. prisons, refugee camps, immigration centres), showing how it can bridge ethnic/social differences, encouraging community building. Soundscapes of Trauma explores negative and positive uses of music and sound in detention, incarceration, and warfare across historical periods. Resolutely interdisciplinary, its programme consists of papers from across disciplines, including musicology, ethnomusicology, history, trauma studies, social anthropology, and music therapy. It also aims to forge a much needed intersectoral dialogue between academics, researchers, artists, and practitioners working with survivors or detainees in prisons, refugee camps, and immigration centres.

public defense PhD @ University Ghent (Het Pand, Vermeylenzaal)
Jun 7 @ 16 h 00 min – 18 h 00 min
After 7 years working on his PhD-research and thesis, Lukas Pairon is now invited for the public defense of his thesis for the Department of Conflict and Development Studies at the Faculty of Political and Social Sciences of the University of Ghent on Friday 7th June.
He has done his research on possible social impacts of music making (SIMM) in Kinshasa, DR Congo, and the title of his PhD-thesis is ‘Music Saved Them They Say’.
Here you can find some information on his research, with also some short videos on the case-studies he did between 2012 and 2016 in Kinshasa:
He wrote his thesis in English, and will also defend it in English.
Lukas’ supervisor is Koen Vlassenroot, and the members of his examination board are: Geoffrey Baker, Karen Büscher, Jeroen Cuvelier, Ilse Derluyn and John Sloboda.
If you want to be present at his public defense, please contact Lukas @
with Music Fund @ Bergenfest 2019 @ Bergen, Norway
Jun 12 – Jun 15 all-day

The famous and large Bergenfest invites the Music Fund ( to be present on the festival ground to communicate about and get support for its partner-schools in the Middle East, Africa and the Caraiben. Bergenfest is a multi-genre music festival and one of the leading and most established in Norway.

presentation SIMM @ RESEO conference (Brussels, Monnaie/Munt) @ Monnaie/Munt, Brussels
Sep 26 all-day

The 2019 RESEO Conference invites SIMM founding director Lukas Pairon at the Brussels National Opera (la Monnaie / de Munt) to present the research the international platform is since 2017 helping to develop on the possible social impacts of music making (SIMM). And Imogen Flower (PhD-researcher within the SIMM-PhD-programme at Guildhall School in London) will present her on-going research on music theatre projects with sex workers in the UK.

The Jewish past of Heide – video ‘David Susskind in Heide’ and presentation by guide Hans Geldhof @ Ernest Alberthuis, Kalmthout
Nov 12 @ 20 h 00 min – 21 h 30 min

Lukas Pairon’s village Heide-Kalmthout (North of Antwerp) was in the beginning of last century largely built by Jews from Antwerp. Their synagogue was built long before the village church of Heide. And the first Yeshiva (Talmud school) of Belgium was also located in Heide, and it was internationally highly regarded. David Susskind (CCLJ) studied there as a youth for several years, and told about it during a conversation that was filmed. We look at his testimony and Lukas Pairon enters into conversation with guide Hans Geldhof about the Jewish past of the village Heide.

more information about the Jewish past of Heide can be found here:

and more information about David Susskind and his “Centre Communautaire Laic Juif” (CCLJ) here: