On July 22-23, a fascinating, two-day seminar entitled ‘War, Fear, Empathy and Music’ is set to take place at SOAS, University of London
The MA Music in Development course at SOAS has partnered with Musicians without Borders (MwB), an organisation pioneering the use of music for community-building, healing and reconciliation for groups suffering from the effects of conflict and war. Successful long-term projects have been implemented by the organisations in Kosovo, Palestine, Rwanda, Northern Ireland and many more locations, where musicians and talented young people are trained to work in struggling communities as workshop leaders.
Speakers include MwB founder and director Laura Hassler, who will address the title idea, outlining the core mission of the organisation and questioning how society can hold on to hope in discouraging times; music therapist Chris Nicholson, who will outline the therapeutic aims of the project, and researcher and MwB trainer Marion Haak-Schulenburg, who will discuss how music is applied to situations touched by conflict. Research on projects in Australia and Northern Ireland will also be presented, and the weekend will close with an experimental session on MwB’s community music leadership training.
Participants are also invited to take part in a four-day training course for musicians in practical uses of community music for peacebuilding and social change.
For more information and to register for the seminar, visit the SOAS website.