MMB Conference

Music, Mind and Body in Nineteenth-Century Britain
The Open University, Milton Keynes
17 July 2020
Supported by the Royal Musical Association

Music, health and medicine have formed increasingly important topics in recent times. With both formal and informal methods of music therapy and community music-making taking a more central role in debates over health, the history of music and medicine has also come into the spotlight. This day conference is intended to draw together scholars working on aspects of music, mental and physical health, and the body in nineteenth-century Britain. Papers are invited on a range of topics relevant to this theme. These might include:

– The practice of music as a therapy
– The physical nature of performing and listening
– Music and the brain
– Health and sickness among music professionals
– The potential dangers and benefits of music to health and mental state
– Musical perception and processing

Potential speakers are invited to submit an abstract of c. 250 words, together with a brief note of biography and/or affiliation, by the deadline of 30 April.

Delegates wishing to attend will be asked to register by 31 May.

Speakers unable to travel to the conference (for example due to workload, caring responsibilities or environmental concerns) but with research interests in this area are invited to make contact to discuss potential involvement.

Rosemary Golding

The Open University
rosemary.golding@open.ac.uk