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Peace, Empathy and Conciliation through Music: A Collaboratory

Date: 21‒22 September 2017
Venue: The University of Melbourne, Centre for Theology and Ministry, 29 College Crescent, Parkville VIC 3010
Registration Deadline for Presenters: Saturday 15 July 2017
Registration Deadline for Attendees: Thursday 31 August 2017
Registration: Online here.

Enquiries: Samantha Dieckmann (samantha.dieckmann@unimelb.edu.au)

Organised by the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions, The University of Melbourne, in collaboration with the Faculty of the Victorian College of the Arts & Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, and Multicultural Arts Victoria, this collaboratory will bring together researchers, practitioners (musicians including performers, community musicians, music educators, music therapists; community development workers; social service workers; arts organisation delegates), and arts and community policymakers to share ideas about the ways that music is used to develop peace, empathy and conciliation. We invite local, national and international researchers and practitioners to attend, and hope that the symposium will produce thought-provoking discussion and fruitful partnerships between industry, community and education sectors.


Organised around the United Nations International Day of Peace, this collaboratory will include keynote addresses by:

  • Laura Hassler (founder and director of ‘Musicians without Borders’)
  • Professor Kathryn Marsh (Sydney Conservatorium of Music, The University of Sydney)
  • Associate Professor Brydie-Leigh Bartleet (Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University)


The program will include presentations in the following formats: academic papers (20 mins); fieldwork reports (20 mins); thematic panels of 3‒4 speakers (45 mins); workshops (60 mins or 90 mins).

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • The emotional, social, cultural, psychological and/or political mechanisms underlying the use of music in peacebuilding, empathy development and/or conflict transformation.
  • The characteristics of effective and ineffective musical practices and programs aimed at peacebuilding, empathy development and/or conflict transformation.
  • The ways in which various stakeholders involved in this work engage with one another, and the implications of their collaboration.
  • The frameworks within which such music programs and practices are supported, and how these structures affect the work itself.
  • The ways in which schools and universities engage with music practices and programs aimed a peacebuilding, empathy development and/or conflict transformation, and the ways this engagement can be improved upon.

Cost and Registration

The registration fees cover basic catering costs for morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea throughout the conference. Prices below are in AUD and include GST + EventBrite booking fee:

  • Full Registration: $70.06
  • 1-Day Registration: $35.57
  • UN International Day of Peace | Conference Dinner and Live Music: $47.07

Presenters must register by Saturday 15 July 2017, and all other attendees must register by Thursday 31 August 2017. Online registration here.

Organising Committee

  • Professor Jane Davidson (ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions, and Faculty of VCA & MCM, The University of Melbourne)
  • Dr Samantha Dieckmann (ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions, and Faculty of VCA & MCM, The University of Melbourne)


If you celebrate Rosh Hashanah and would like to contribute to the collaboratory, please contact Samantha (samantha.dieckmann@unimelb.edu.au) directly to discuss how we might accommodate your participation.

Image: Multicultural Arts Victoria Emerge in the West Festival 2013, photo by DWV Photography.