Call for Papers: Second International Health Humanities Conference on Music, Health, and Humanity


Music, Health, and Humanity
The Colleges of the Arts and of the Humanities and Social Sciences at Montclair State University, New Jersey, USA, are hosting the Second International Health Humanities Conference from Thursday-Saturday, 9, 10, 11 August, 2012.


In accordance with the interdisciplinary nature of the Health Humanities, we invite the participation of colleagues from music, other arts disciplines, the humanities, and clinical health backgrounds who wish to participate in an exploration concerning the various relationships among music, health, and humanity. We encourage individual and group (colloquium) presentations addressing theory, practice, and/or research (in progress or
completed), addressing questions and issues pertinent to the conference theme. Example include (but are not limited to):
– How do the critical intersections of music and health manifest across other arts
modalities (visual art, dance, drama, etc.), and across the various humanities disciplines
(history, philosophy, literature, languages, law, etc.)? How do each of these
manifestations inform us about the role of music in expressing, communicating, and
promoting human health (physical, mental/emotional, social, etc.)?
– What is the role of music in the well being of communities, culture, and humanity?
– How do musical works and discourses about music raise and/or address issues
concerning gender, sexuality, ethnicity, age, economics, and power?
– In what ways does music represent “social capital,” and what are the implications for
one’s socioeconomic health?
– What are the manifestations and roles of music in fictional and non-fictional literature
conveying narratives relevant to health?
– What are some of the ways in which the field of music therapy can be understood from a
health humanities perspective? Is there social legitimacy and economic viability in such a perspective? How can this perspective be differentiated from, yet play a complementary role with, a health science perspective?
Please Note: We also invite proposals for at least one broad-based colloquium addressing
more general relationships among the arts, humanities, and health (not necessarily centered
upon music).
We foresee the publication of papers (expanded, revised and submitted to a peer-review
process) in one or more volumes post-conference, according to principles of intellectual and
theoretical coherence that will give such publications editorial consistency.


Deadline is 1st April 2012.

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For the online application, see

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