The Experience Economy and the Mechanics of Wonder

The following post by Jules Evans is reproduced with permission from Philosophy for Life. I attended a seminar on wonder at the Centre for Medical Humanities in Durham last week. This post comes from our discussions there. Thanks to all the participants and to Martyn Evans for a great day. Although religion is no longer Read the full article…

“Lab Notes”: Illuminating biology & robotics through contemporary classical music (Launch, Edinburgh, 14 May 2013)

Join us at the The Royal Society of Edinburgh for: The launch of Lab Notes - Illuminating biology and robotics through contemporary classical music Organised by: ESRC Genomics Policy & Research Forum in association with The Royal Society Of Edinburgh Tuesday 14 May 2013, 6pm The Royal Society Of Edinburgh 22-26 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2PQ When we think of robots we Read the full article…

Bad Vibrations: Music as a Cause of Hysteria, Sex, Madness and Death? James Kennaway (Seminar & Masterclass, Edinburgh, 26 March 2013)

First Event in new Scottish Health Humanities Seminar and Masterclass Series Dr James Kennaway, “Bad Vibrations: Music as a Cause of Hysteria, Sex, Madness and Death?” 6.00-7.30pm (doors open at 5.30pm), Tuesday 26 March 2013. Room 1.9 in Doorway 6, Medical School, Teviot Place, Edinburgh Abstract: For most people, music is an entirely positive part Read the full article…

Hearing Landscape Critically: Music, Place, & the Spaces of Sound (CFP, Conference, Stellenbosch, South Africa, 9-11 Sept 2013)

Hearing Landscape Critically: Music, Place, and the Spaces of Sound University of Stellenbosch (South Africa), 9-11 September 2013 Call for Papers ‘We live in densely storiated landscapes […there are] song-lines, if you will, joining place to place.’ (Robert Macfarlane) Landscapes are divided and dissonant sites of private and collective being. They bear traces of present, Read the full article…

Bad Vibrations: The History of the Idea of Music as a Cause of Disease – A New Book by James Kennaway

Can music make you ill? Can it make listeners hysterical or brainwash them? James Kennaway’s new book examines the history of medical fears about the potential effect of music on health. Music has been used as a cure for disease since as far back as King David’s lyre, but the notion that it might be Read the full article…

Music and Health (PhD Studentship, UWE Faculty of Health and Life Sciences)

An opportunity has arisen for a fully funded PhD scholarship at the UWE Faculty of Health and Life Sciences to study the effects of music making on the health and wellbeing of disadvantaged young people. Further information can be found here and in the Music and Health PhD Proposal.  The closing date for applications is Read the full article…

Medicine Health and Music (Medicine, Health and the Arts in Post-War Britain Seminar Series, Exeter, 1 May 2012)

The third seminar in the ‘Medicine, Health and the Arts in Post-War Britain‘ seminar series examines the relationship between medicine, health and music. It is being held at St Nicholas Priory in Exeter on the 1st May from 6.15-8.45pm. This time includes three papers, discussion and a reception with free food and drink. The seminar Read the full article…

Music and the body: Review of a Conference at Hong Kong University’s Centre for the Humanities and Medicine and Department of Music, 9-11 March 2012

As if visiting an extraordinary city like Hong Kong for the first time were not pleasure enough, it was a treat to have an unusually gratifying excuse to do so in the form of participating in this timely, unusual and in many ways visionary conference: the title ‘Music and the body’ promised an intriguing event Read the full article…

CFP – Music, Health, and Humanity – Second International Health Humanities Conference, August 2012

Music, Health, and Humanity Second International Health Humanities 9, 10, 11 August, 2012 Montclair State University, New Jersey, United States 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. Montclair State University is located in Northern New Read the full article…