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Synaesthesia: Cross-sensory Aspects of Cognition across Science and Art

  • 30.12.2018

The Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory, the Moscow State University of Psychology and Education (MSUPE) and the International Association of Synaesthetes, Artists and Scientists (IASAS) are privileged to extend an invitation to you to participate in the scientific symposium and multidisciplinary programme of the conference “Synaesthesia: Cross-sensory Aspects of Cognition across Science and Art” that will take place in Moscow, in October, 2019.

2nd Synaesthesia Conference of The International Association of Synaesthetes, Artists, and Scientists (IASAS) “Synaesthesia: Cross-sensory Aspects of Cognition across Science and Art”.
Dates and place of the symposium: October 17th – 20th 2019 Moscow, Russia.

The programme of the symposium includes talks, lectures and workshops by world-leading experts in synaesthesia research: Richard Cytowic  MD  (USA),  Jamie Ward PhD (UK), Jörg Jewanski (Germany), as well as   Romke Rouw PhD (Netherlands), Sean Day PhD (USA), Charles Spence PhD (UK), Kevin Mitchell PhD (Ireland),  Amanda Tilot-Komuro (Netherlands), Helena Melero PhD (Spain), Michael Haverkamp PhD (Cross-Sensory Harmonization Department, Ford Werke GmbH, Germany), Anton Sidoroff-Dorso (Russia).

As contributors to the cultural (multidisciplinary) programme of the conference the following artists, musicians and teams are invited: Svetlana Rudenko (Ireland) Kaitlyn Hova (USA), Peter Theremin (Russia), Playtronica group (Russia), SPBIMI (Russia) and others. The cultural section of the conference is planned to include screenings of films and videos, exhibitions by synaesthete artists, and workshops with the blend of music and electronics.

By organizing the conference, we aim to present the latest results of research and discuss a wide array of issues related to synaesthesia and cross-sensory aspects of cognition in science, art and education technology. We propose that the intended focus of the conference be to present the latest research on the topic of synaesthesia, from Psychology, Neurology, Genetics, Medicine, Anthropology, Pedagogy, and other related disciples. Our main objectives of the scientific symposium are to share, analyse and discuss the outcomes of contemporary research into synaesthesia and cross-sensory aspects of cognition; reflect on the use of the concepts of synaesthesia in today’s investigation of synaesthesia and cross-sensory aspects of cognition, education syllabuses, technical inventions and arts and education projects.

Today’s research into synaesthesia has demonstrated that the investigative inquiry of the phenomenon encompasses a wide scope of interdisciplinary issues of scientific theory, research and practical applicability. Research into synaesthesia sheds new light on the mechanisms of brain activities as well as their environmental and genetic determinants; specifically, when seeking answers about the nature of language, imagery, metaphor and creativity. The conceptual tenets of arts education and methodological approaches to developing performative mastery are extensively derived from understanding the synaesthetic mechanisms and regularities of interconnection among several sensory modalities. Therefore, by integrating a wide array of converging lines between systematised scientific knowledge and research as well as teaching practices and creativity, the phenomenon of synaesthesia holds an immense potential for reciprocally beneficial exchange between science and art.

We hope that our cooperation in organizing the conference in Moscow will become the starting point for new joint projects among scientists, artists and synaesthetes, and will result in wider interest in artistic and research projects related to synaesthesia, as well as invite more Russian and foreign scientists to the worldwide academic community and open up new horizons for prolific collaborations between Russian and foreign colleagues.

Organisers of the symposium:
The Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory, the Moscow State University of Psychology and Education (MSUPE) and the International Association of Synaesthetes, Artists and Scientists (IASAS) 

Contact information:

Languages of communication and presentation:
The symposium is to be held in Russian and English

The deadline for preliminary registration of presenters from Russia is March 1, 2019. The deadline for submission of presentation abstracts from presenters from Russia is strictly before May 30, 2019. The word count of the abstract is limited to 500 words. Abstracts and registration applications from presenters are accepted both in Russian and English. The registration form can be downloaded here.

Please send your presentation applications and abstracts to -

Attendance is obligatory and participation by correspondence is not available.

The focus of the 2nd IASAS synaesthesia symposium is the presentation and discussion of contemporary scientific findings on synaesthesia as they relate to:

  1. Definition of synaesthesia – its essential characteristics and variations
  2. Genetics and psychogenetics of synaesthesia and other phenomena of such kind
  3. Language, speech and synaesthesia
  4. History of research into synaesthesia
  5. Synaesthesia in education
  6. Synaesthesia in creativity and theory of arts
  7. Synaesthesia in technology and medicine
  8. Practical applicability and experience of use of cross-sensory aspects
  9. Being a synaesthete – first-person stories, fiction and science 

Formats of participation/presentation at the Symposium:

  1. Plenary sessions
  2. Topic sections
  3. Round table talks
  4. Workshops
  5. Poster sessions

To attend the events of the conference you need to get registered by filling in the form in the link (the number of the attendees is limited; no attendance I allowed without registration).

The website of the 2nd International synaesthesia conference of the IASAS containing the programmes of the symposium and cultural events - 

News and information about the Symposium Synaesthesia: Cross-sensory Aspects of Cognition across Science and Art on the webpages of the University -

Partner organisers:

The Moscow State University of Psychology and Education (MSUPE) is a fast-developing, innovative institution of higher education. It was established in 1997 on the basis of the Psychological Institution of the Russian Academy of Education – the oldest psychological scientific institution. Psychological education in MSUPE originates in scientific works by the world-famous Russian scholars of psychology – L.S. Vygotsky, A.R. Luria and others. The scientific research foundation in MSUPE comprises public, scientific and education centres, including centres for neurophysiological, psychogenetic, ethnopsychological research, and for high ability and cognitive resources research.

The IASAS is a non-profit corporation, based in the United States, and operated exclusively for educational and charitable purposes. The IASAS’s mission is to advance global awareness of the neurological phenomena of synaesthesia, and to cultivate international collaboration among synaesthetes, artists, scientists, and other persons interested in synaesthesia. IASAS attempts to organize academic, educational and cultural events. Our previous conference in 2017 was hosted by the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA); it brought in speakers and attendees from North and South America, Australia and New Zealand, and Asia, as well as from Europe. 

Welcome to the Symposium!