"Music and the Inner World"

A Conference at the University of Virginia

Saturday, September 23 - 2017 to Sunday, September 24 - 2017

The conference “Music and the Inner World” will take place at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia, September 23-24.

The conference will address a range of issues related to music and “the inner world,” a phrase open to various interpretations. The program of invited speakers brings together different psychological/psychoanalytic orientations and different scholarly or professional relations to music.

The conference is free and open to the public. To help with our planning, we request that those expecting to attend register in advance by following this link

All presentations will take place in Minor Hall 125 (Building #25 located in quadrant B4). Parking will be available below the University of Virginia Bookstore in the Newcomb Parking Garage (Building #9 located in quadrant B2).

The keynote presentation Saturday evening will be a one-hour lecture followed by discussion. Other presentations will be a half hour in length, followed by up to a half hour of discussion. 

University of Virginia
Music and the Inner World
All events are free and open to the public
Welcoming RemarksSaturday 9/23/179:15 - 9:30 AMMinor Hall 125

Session 1:

Michael Puri, "Inquiring into Interiority: Re-reading Barthes's 'Rasch'"

Jenny Johnson, "Music as Intolerable Desire"

Saturday 9/23/179:30 - 11:30 AMMinor Hall 125

Session 2:

Nomi Dave, "Music, Ethnography, and the Inner World"

Seth Brodsky, "Wishful Thinking: Some Challenges in Writing a History of Desire"

Saturday 9/23/171:00 - 3:00 PMMinor Hall 125

Session 3:

Diane Austin, “Music as a Bridge between the Inner Worlds of Client and Therapist”

Erin Johnson and Cara Marinucci, “Evoking and Engaging the Inner World through Music and Imagery”

Saturday 9/23/173:30 - 5:30 PM

Minor Hall 125


Francis Grier, "The Inner World of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony: Masculine and Feminine?"

Saturday 9/23/178:00 - 9:30 PMMinor Hall 125

Session 4:

Fred E. Maus, “Projection and Containment in Music Listening”

Marion A. Guck, “Musical Intersubjectivity in Light of Object Relations” 

Mitchell Morris, "Orpheus Descanting"

Sunday 9/24/179:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Minor Hall 125

The conference is made possible by generous support from the Sorensen Trust for the Study of British Object Relations. Co-sponsors at the University of Virginia include the Center for Biomedical Ethics and Humanities, College of Arts and Sciences, Comparative Literature Program, Contemplative Sciences Center, Department of Music, Institute of the Humanities and Global Cultures, and the School of Nursing.



McIntire Department of Music
112 Old Cabell Hall
P.O. Box 400176 Charlottesville, VA 22904-4176

Email: music@virginia.edu