Music and the Inner World

Day One of a Two Day Conference
September 23, 2017 - 9:00am
Minor Hall 125
September 23, 2017 - 7:30pm
Minor Hall

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

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. There will be nine half-hour presentations, each followed by a half hour of discussion, along with a keynote presentation. Conference sessions will take place all day Saturday, September 23, and on Sunday morning, ending at 12:30 PM

The keynote speaker, Francis Grier, based in London, is a distinguished composer and performer, as well as a practicing psychoanalyst. Other presenters include Diane Austin (NYU; music therapist, author of a book on uses of voice in therapy); Seth Brodsky (University of Chicago; author of a recent book about Lacan and musical modernism); Nomi Dave (University of Virginia; research on music, politics, and pleasure); Marion Guck (University of Michigan; recent research on psychoanalytic concepts as models for the music-listener relationship); Erin Johnson and Cara Marinucci (Integrative Music Institute, Charlottesville private practice therapists and trainers of The Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music); Fred Maus (University of Virginia; recent work on object relations psychoanalysis and music); Jenny Johnson (Wellesley College; composer and author of publications about music and trauma); Mitchell Morris (UCLA; author of a book about 70s popular music and pleasure; influenced by Klein and Winnicott); and Michael Puri (University of Virginia; author of a book on Ravel and other publications that draw on psychoanalysis).

Conference events on Saturday and Sunday are free and open to the public.

Complete schedule will be posted when it becomes available.

This conference is funded by the Sorensen Trust.

Co-Sponsors include:

Contemplative Sciences Center
Center for Biomedical Ethics and Humanities
School of Nursing
Institute of the Humanities and Global Cultures
Comparative Literature Program                  
College of Arts and Sciences                    
Department of Music  


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