The Douglas Alfred Bunce Memorial Lecture Series 2017
In recent years, there has been an emphasis on exploring spirituality within everyday social and spatial environments including their aesthetic and musical worlds. This emphasis on the ‘everyday’–and its ec-static nature– has been accompanied by the emergence of non-hierarchical and relational ways of understanding spirituality in modern Western societies.
It is through this prism that I will talk about the place of spirituality in music therapy as a
contemporary profession and discipline. Drawing from my ethnographic research in the UK, I will reflect on how spirituality is performed in everyday music therapy contexts as well as on the potential dilemmas and challenges that emerge when re-searching the spiritual. These reflections will lead to a number of questions pointing towards new vistas for the exploration of the spiritual not only in music therapy, but also in other music-related practices.
This talk is part of the Nordoff Robbins Plus series; events run by the research team at
Nordoff Robbins England and Wales. These events explore the links between practice, theory, research and evaluation in music therapy while inviting perspectives and critique from related disciplines and fields of practice. Co-chaired by Giorgos Tsiris, the fourth Nordoff Robbins Plus research conference will be in collaboration with Spirituality and Music Education (SAME) and will be on Exploring the Spiritual in Music.
Hosted by the Centre for the Arts as Wellbeing at the University of Winchester in association with the Nordoff Robbins Plus Series. For more information about the Centre for Arts as Wellbeing click here