Music for Mental Health: Developing an Interdisciplinary Research Partnership in the Gambia
This presentation will explore the challenges and opportunities involved in developing an interdisciplinary and intercultural research partnership on music and mental health. Building on over a decade of research on music and health issues, in 2018 Bonnie McConnell led the implementation of the partnership project Developing a Community Singing-Based Intervention for Perinatal Mental Health in the Gambia, funded by the UK Global Challenges Research Fund, with joint support from the Arts and Humanities Research Council and Medical Research Council (2018-2019). The project is being implemented by the Gambia Ministry of Health and Social Welfare and the National Centre for Arts and Culture, in collaboration with an international team of researchers in the fields of music and mental health. This presentation will critically investigate strategies for communicating music research findings in an interdisciplinary setting, and explore culturally-situated understandings of music, mental wellbeing, the nature of research, and what counts as evidence.
Bonnie McConnell is Lecturer in Ethnomusicology and HDR Convenor at the ANU School of Music. She received her PhD from the University of Washington in 2015. Her research examines music in relation to issues of identity, social change, health and wellbeing in West Africa and Australia. Bonnie’s work appears in the journals Ethnomusicology, Africa Today, Social Science & Medicine, Popular Music and Society, and Voices, among other publications. Her research has been supported by fellowships from the Fulbright-Hays Program, the American Association of University Women, and the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council.
Limited number of seats available in this Research Seminar, for the public (seats will be automatically reserved for School of Music students who attend research seminars for coursework).