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Popular music and wellbeing conference

Date: Thursday 14th September 2023 to Friday 15th September 2023

Venue: St Mary's University

Popular music culture continually seeks to create states of individual and collective joy, ecstasy, transcendence, and belonging, as well as spaces in which subjectivities can be composed, transformed and/or radically (re)imagined. On the other hand, popular music also produces widely circulating discourses about the reverse of wellbeing, such as anxiety, alienation, abuse, isolation, depression, and self-harm.

This two-day conference brings together an international set of scholars who will explore these and other issues from different angles of vision. We'll discuss key themes, such as:

  • histories of popular music as a discourse of identity and belonging
  • the use of music as therapeutic intervention
  • grassroots music spaces as sites of community organisation
  • pop music and body images
  • mindfulness as musical listening
  • pop music as a commentary on mental health awareness.

The conference will take place on the St Mary’s campus in Twickenham. Although occasional papers will be delivered online, you will not be able to attend the conference itself online.

How much does it cost?

  • One day registration fee is £20.00
  • Two-day registration fee is £40.00
  • Participants delivering their paper online – no fee

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