Samantha Dieckmann

Samantha Dieckmann is a postdoctoral research fellow at The University of Melbourne. Her research project represents a collaboration between the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions and the Faculty of the Victorian College of the Arts and Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, sitting between CHE's Performance and Shaping the Modern programs. Working together with Professor Jane Davidson and the directorship of CHE's new industry partner, Multicultural Arts Victoria (MAV), Samantha's research explores the deployment of music in conciliation as it relates to personal, religious and political areas of conflict, and the processes of emotional community and empathy that lead to resolution.

Samantha recently completed her interdisciplinary PhD at The University of Sydney, researching the musical lives of South Sudanese Australians, Filipino Australians and White Australians in Blacktown, New South Wales. In particular, she examined the ways in which cross-cultural musical contact and exchange enact identity formation and community development, reflecting individual and collective attitudes towards multiculturalism and integration. Her interest in the ways that music can be used to foster emotional well-being and empathy can be traced back to her First Class Honours thesis on community music programs with refugees and asylum seekers in Sydney, and since 2009 she has been part of a research team led by Associate Professor Kathryn Marsh (The University of Sydney) on a subsequent project in this field. Publications resulting from this project have included a co-authored article in The Routledge Handbook of Intercultural Arts and Research (2016).

She has taught in research methods and music education courses at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, The University of Sydney. Beyond her personal academic interests she contributes to the study and practice of music in her capacity as the assistant editor of the international, peer-reviewed journal Research Studies in Music Education.

Sydney Conservatorium of Music


Music, Emotion and Conciliation