News Release

REF NO.: 110

SUBJECT: Memorial to host roundtable on intercultural and interdisciplinary health

DATE: February 4, 2015

The Research Centre for Music, Media and Place (MMaP) at Memorial University will present Tuned In: An Intercultural and Interdisciplinary Roundtable on Health as part of its annual lecture series.

The event takes place on Tuesday, Feb. 10, at 7:30 p.m. in the MMaP Gallery on the second floor of the St. John’s Arts and Culture Centre.

The panel will discuss ongoing research that studies how cultural dimensions of expression, belief and experience impact human health and well-being. Two panellists will present work with music in relation to memory, mobility and psychological marginalization. The third will report on Aboriginal approaches to health, approaches that raise important ethical issues for biomedical practitioners as well as those in anthropology, ethnomusicology or other social sciences.

“For individuals marginalized for physical, social, emotional, or psychological reasons, music can offer a unique means of self-expression and the opportunity to develop a sense of belonging, community and mutal respect and to form meaningful relationships in ways that might otherwise be impossible,” said Dr. Jane Gosine, one of the panellists. “Our research at Easter Seals Newfoundland and Labrador is based on the premise that music is a human right that should be equally accessible to all individuals and that music has the potential to increase individual and community well-being and quality of life.”

The panel will include two Memorial professors and a family doctor. Dr. Aaron McKim is clinical chief for long-term care and a family doctor at the Portugal Cove Medical Clinic. He is conducting research on music and memory with Alzheimer’s patients and their families. Dr. Jane Gosine is an associate professor in Memorial’s School of Music whose research interests include 17th-century French music, performance practice and the relationship between music and well-being. She is engaged with a research project at Easter Seals Newfoundland and Labrador with two accredited music therapists; she has also worked with a choir at a children’s hospice (EACH) in England. Dr. Fern Brunger is associate professor of health-care ethics at Memorial. She is a medical anthropologist whose cross-cultural research is at the interface of bioethics and anthropology.

The MMaP Lecture Series is sponsored by Memorial University, in collaboration with the School of Music. The lecture is free and all are welcome.

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