Over the summer I’ve had the privilege of sharing my early research at a number of conferences. In July I travelled to Canterbury to the Society for the Social History of Medicine, a large conference with an international flavour. It was great to be part of a session on asylums – in Venice, Sydney and North India as well as my own contribution on Norfolk.
The Royal Musical Association Annual Conference in September provided a very different context, with a session on music therapy at which I was the only historical scholar. It’s fascinating to find, though, that there is still plenty of debate about the overall aims of music therapy and the different roles music can play, whether as a means to an end or a goal in itself.
conference programme: http://www.gsmd.ac.uk/fileadmin/uploads/RMA_Conference_22_August_FINAL.pdf