Conference theme: "A Symphony of Dialogues"
Entering into and maintaining dialogues may be seen both as a key purpose and a core competence of music therapists. With this conference’s theme, “A Symphony of Dialogues”, we would like to facilitate dialogue in all its manifestations within music therapy: Apart from investigating and reflecting on the multitude of forms that dialogues can assume within clinical settings, we also want to focus on feasible forms of dialogue between theory, research, training, and clinical practice. Other areas of dialogue related to our field are those between music therapy and adjacent fields such as medicine, education, or counselling, as well as health economics and political dimensions of dialogue.
We also like to view the event of the conference itself as an embodiment of dialogue in all its various shapes and forms. Participants are invited to actively engage in these dialogues and to integrate familiar and novel knowledge and experiences in a way that is meaningful both to them and their own work, and for the field of music therapy in general.
There will be diverse opportunities to join in dialogues not only in a conceptual way, but of course also in a literal sense and by means of musical improvisation…after all, aside from its meaning denoting a large-scale orchestral composition (naturally quite familiar in the Viennese context), “symphony” as derived from its Greek origin still means “sounding together”.