CFP (conf): Rethinking Interdisciplinary Collaboration. Towards New Ethical Paradigms in Music and Health Research


Rethinking Interdisciplinary Collaboration: Towards New Ethical Paradigms in Music and Health Research

Date: 19 October 2013, Goldsmiths College, London.
Music, Mind and Brain Centre, Goldsmiths, University of London
Psychology Department, Goldsmiths College, London
Music Department, Goldsmiths College, London
British Forum for Ethnomusicology (BFE)
Society for Education and Music Psychology Research (SEMPRE)

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This conference seeks to explore the nature of research into the relationship between music, health and wellbeing. It will investigate how research and practice might become more inclusive, and therefore more ethical, through collaborative endeavours by bringing together researchers, practitioners, and students from various disciplines including: music (neuro) psychology; music therapy; applied/ medical (ethno) musicology; music sociology and anthropology to encourage the re-thinking of research methodologies and epistemologies and practices.

Papers and poster presentations were sought that address the conference themes: What are the historical, philosophical and educational differences between research methodologies and disciplines and how do they impact on research ethics? What are the paradigmatic and methodological challenges that must be considered before true collaboration can occur (and what is the nature of ‘true’ collaboration)? What are the ethical dangers of allowing any one model of knowledge production to dominate another? Case studies show-casing instances where culturally appropriate research methodologies and/ or approaches were used to promote and investigate music, health and wellbeing Pedagogic or practice-based examples of the need for culturally appropriate approaches Cross-cultural, quantitative studies investigating the relationship between ‘culture’, music and the human organism.

Deadline for abstracts was: 4 pm Friday 29th March 2013.

(For the Full Call for Papers please see the text box)


The conference day fee is £35. Please register using the below registration form. Payment details and information are included with the registration form. Once payment has been received the registration is confirmed. Forms must be e-mailed to: m.swijghuisen[@]

Plenary Speakers

Prof Ian Cross (University of Cambridge)

Dr Caroline Bithell (University of Manchester)

Prof Mercedes Pavlicevic (Director of Research, Nordoff-Robbins Centre)

Mr Giorgos Tsiris (Research Assistant/Music Therapist, Nordoff-Robbins Centre/ St Christopher’s Hospice)


The conference organisers hope to publish papers presented at this conference.


The conference plenary session will be podcast. Speakers are now confirmed.

SEMPRE financial support:

The Society for Education and Music Psychology Research (SEMPRE. has kindly agreed to sponsor conference attendance by its student/ unwaged members if they are selected to present their work. Please therefore indicate if you are a SEMPRE student/ unwaged member when submitting an abstract.

How to get to Goldsmiths:

Goldsmiths College is located in New Cross, South East London. It is easily accessible by overground, trains and busses. The two stations closest to the College campus are New Cross and New Cross Gate.

Directions and campus maps can be located here.

Visa, Travel and Accommodation Information can be located in the ‘Additional Information’ section.

Further enquiries can be directed to: Dr Muriel E. Swijghuisen Reigersberg, m.swijghuisen[at]; +44 (0) 207 078 5479.

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