Conference – Music, Medicine and Emotions

“Cat-piano” from La Nature (1883). Courtesy of the The Bibliothèque centrale du Conservatoire national des arts et métiers
“Cat-piano” from La Nature (1883). Courtesy of the The Bibliothèque centrale du Conservatoire national des arts et métiers

Andrea Korenjak (Austrian Academy of Sciences), Marie Louise Herzfeld-Schild (University of Cologne), Helen Stark (Queen Mary University of London) and the Centre for the History of the Emotions (Queen Mary University London) warmly invite you to ‘Music, Medicine and Emotions’. This symposium aims to bring together researchers working at the intersection of music, medicine and emotional wellbeing and feature papers from Thomas Dixon, Morag Grant, Penelope Gouk, Marie Louise Herzfeld-Schild, Peregrine Horden, James Kennaway, Andrea Korenjak, Una McIlvenna, Wiebke Thormahlen and David Trippett.

Programme (27 May 2016)


Thomas Dixon, Queen Mary University of London. ‘Music and the history of emotions: Introductory comments’


11.15-12.45 Panel 1

Andrea Korenjak, Austrian Academy of Sciences. ‘Music for the Restless Soul in 19th-century Viennese Psychiatry’.

Wiebke Thormählen, Royal College of Music. ‘Framing Emotional Responses to Music: Music Making and Social Well-being in Early Nineteenth-Century England’.

Morag Grant, Independent scholar, Berlin. ‘Of harm and harmony: Music and the representation of torture’.



Lunch (provided). Foyer of Arts Two Building


13.30-15.00 Panel 2

James Kennaway, Newcastle University. ‘Anna O.’s Cough: Psychoanalysis and the Decline of the Neuro-Stimulation Model of Music’

David Trippett, University of Cambridge. ‘Phrenologists at the keyboard: materialist thought and musical practice ca. 1840’

Peregrine Horden, Royal Holloway University of London. ‘Context, Emotion and Discontinuity in the History of Islamic Music Therapy’



Coffee. Foyer of Arts Two Building.


15.15-16.45 Panel 3

Penelope Gouk, University of Manchester. ‘Moving the Passions through Music: Some 18th-century British Medical Perspectives’

Una McIlvenna. University of Kent.  ‘Songs, Shame, and the Executioner of Justice in Early Modern Europe’

Marie Louise Herzfeld-Schild. ‘“The Powerful Usefulness of Music”: Music, Medicine and Theology in Veritophili Deutliche Beweis=Gründe (1717)’



Wine reception to include singing performance of early-modern ballads with Vivien Ellis.


Registration costs £25 for waged delegates and £15 for unwaged delegates/students/concessions and includes lunch, wine reception and a musical performance of early modern ballads. Register on the QMUL E-shop. Registration closes on May 22nd.

This event is a cooperation between the Centre for the History of the Emotions and the project ‘Music, Medicine, and Psychiatry in Vienna (c. 1780-1850)’, Institute for the History of Art and Musicology, Austrian Academy of Sciences, sponsored by the Austrian Science Fund [P 27287]


Practical Information

Date: 27 May

Venue: 2.17, Arts Two Building, QMUL (Mile End)

Time: 11.00-18.00


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