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Academic interests

I am interested in the nature of musical absorption and what it does to our consciousness. Therefore I work with some of the best "classic" and Jazz musician in the world doing in depth interviews and also physiological measures. The backbone of my investigations, however, are philosophical or phenomenoloigical. This is because experiences of absorption essentially are experiences of altered senses of self and consciousness. To understand absorption, we therefore need storng theories of what it means to be a self, what it means to be in command of one's actions (the sense of agency) and what it means to let go of control and yet maintain the highest level of mastery over one's playing. I examine these questions through my interviews and quantitative data from the perspective of phenomenology, enactivism, embodied cognition, social ontology, psychology of music and expertise theories. I am also interested in the phenomenology of aesthetics, in psychopathology and in research on dreaming and sleeping which potentially can enlighten the phenomenology of musical absorption.

Courses taught

I will give lectures in the philosophy of music, psychology of music and in the phenomenology of musical performance

Background

I hold a BA in Liberal Arts from Soka University of America (2008), an MA in Philosophy from the University of Liverpool (2009), an MA in Philosophy specialized in phenomenology and philosophy of mind from the University of Copenhagen (2012) and a PhD on "The Phenomenology of Expert Musicianship" from the Center for Subjectivity Research, University of Copenhagen (2015). Since then I've been an external lecturer at the University of Southern Denmark and held post doctoral positions at the Interactive Minds Centre, University of Aarhus and at the Department of Psychology, University of Copenhagen.

Partners

I collaborate with a number of artists as well as cultural and academic instututions. To mention a few: The Danish String Quartet (https://danishquartet.com/), The Center for Subjectivity Research (www.cfs.ku.dk), The National Gallery of Denmark (https://www.smk.dk/en/), The Tokyo Fuji Art Museum (http://www.fujibi.or.jp/en/index/), The Rhythmic Music Conservatory in Copenhagen, Interacting Minds Centre (http://interactingminds.au.dk/), The Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics in Frankfurt (https://www.mpg.de/6971390/empirische_aesthetik), Department of Psychology, University of Copenhagen, The Institute for Daisaku Ikeda Studies in Education at DePaul University, Chicago (https://education.depaul.edu/about/centers-and-initiatives/institute-for-daisaku-ikeda-studies/Pages/default.aspx).

 

Publications

  • Bishop, Laura; Gonzalez Sanchez, Victor Evaristo; Laeng, Bruno; Jensenius, Alexander Refsum & Høffding, Simon (2021). Move like everyone is watching: Social context affects head motion and gaze in string quartet performance. Journal of New Music Research. ISSN 0929-8215. doi: 10.1080/09298215.2021.1977338.
  • Høffding, Simon & Ravn, Susanne (2021). Improvisation and Thinking in Movement: An enactivist analysis of agency in artistic practices . Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences. ISSN 1568-7759.
  • Høffding, Simon & Snekkestad, Torben (2021). Inner & Outer Ears - Enacting Agential Systems in Music Improvisation. In McGuirk, James Nicholas; Ravn, Susanne & Høffding, Simon (Ed.), Philosophy of Improvisation: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Theory and Practice. Routledge. ISSN 978-0367540210. p. 161–182.
  • Martiny, Kristian Moltke; Toro, Juan & Høffding, Simon (2021). Framing a Phenomenological Mixed Method: From Inspiration to Guidance. Frontiers in Psychology. ISSN 1664-1078. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2021.602081.
  • Høffding, Simon; Martiny, Kristian Moltke & Roepstorff, Andreas (2021). Can we trust the phenomenological interview? Metaphysical, epistemological, and methodological objections. Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences. ISSN 1568-7759. doi: 10.1007/s11097-021-09744-z.
  • Ravn, Susanne; Høffding, Simon & McGuirk, James Nicholas (2021). Improvisation: The competences of not being in control. In McGuirk, James Nicholas; Ravn, Susanne & Høffding, Simon (Ed.), Philosophy of Improvisation: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Theory and Practice. Routledge. ISSN 978-0367540210. p. 1–9.

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  • McGuirk, James Nicholas; Ravn, Susanne & Høffding, Simon (2021). Philosophy of Improvisation: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Theory and Practice. Routledge. ISBN 978-0367540210.

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  • Høffding, Simon (2020). Series of Four, MusicLab Copenhagen.
  • Høffding, Simon (2020). Dufrenne and Dewwey on Being Moved.
  • Høffding, Simon (2020). Sammen i Musikken – fri improvisation som en unik social begivenhed?
  • Høffding, Simon (2020). shared musical absorption: A Phenomenological case study with the Danish string quartet.
  • Mari, Lilleslåtten & Høffding, Simon (2020). De dyktigste musikerne kan spille uten å tenke. [Internet]. https://www.uio.no/ritmo/aktuelt/aktuelle-saker/2020/de-dykt.
  • Nielsen, Nanette & Høffding, Simon (2019). Absorption in Schizophrenia, Music and Mystical Experience.
  • Nielsen, Nanette & Høffding, Simon (2019). A Musical Matter of Mind.
  • Høffding, Simon (2019). Not being there: an analysis of expertise induced amnesia.
  • Høffding, Simon (2019). Sammen i Musikken: Fri improvisation som unik social begivenhed.
  • Høffding, Simon (2019). At a distance from myself – on the phenomenology of hyper reflection and ex-static musical absorption.
  • Høffding, Simon (2019). What do expert musicians perceive when they perform? Phenomenological Explorations.
  • Høffding, Simon; Wallot, Sebastian & Roepstorff, Andreas (2019). The Danish String Quartet: Absorption and Interaction.
  • Høffding, Simon (2019). Phenomenological interviews.

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Published Aug. 9, 2018 9:51 AM - Last modified Aug. 12, 2019 2:05 PM

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