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International Centre for Community Music

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We run a varied programme of events throughout the year which bring together an international community of community musicians.

We host regular online events through our ICCM Presents guest speaker series and ICCM Conversations, an innovative lab series trialling interactive approaches to research-focused dialogue.

Annual events include our Student Research Symposium, in partnership with Sound Sense. 

7th Annual ICCM Student Symposium

The Boundaries of Practices

Monday 21 and Tuesday 22 November 2022

Creative Centre, York St John University

Building upon emerging themes from discussions at the 6th Student Symposium Positionality: the role of the researcher in community music, the 7th annual International Centre for Community Music Student Research Symposium will focus on themes related to the boundaries of practices in community music.

Community musicians have often been figured as boundary walkers, working across and around the boundaries of different fields including music therapy, community development, music education, ethnomusicology, and social work.

Community music can be seen to work at the borders and boundaries of social and cultural marginalization and exclusion. Community musicians negotiate boundaries within their own practice, for example; boundaries between facilitator and participant; agendas of individuals, organizations, and institutions integral to delivering and funding work; conceptual boundaries such as the tensions between hostility and hospitality.

This year’s theme will provide a frame through which to explore ideas relating to the boundaries of practices asking questions which might include but will not be limited to:

  • What are the boundaries between community music and other fields and the challenges and/or opportunities they pose for community musicians?
  • How do community musicians negotiate the boundaries of power and privilege in their practices?
  • What boundaries exist between community music research and community music practices and in what ways can these be negotiated, reimagined, or re-established?
  • What unhelpful boundaries exist in the field of community music that need to be dismantled or redefined?

As community music continues to grow as a global field, it is important that within our respective contexts, we engage in critical analysis of how various boundaries of practices influence our choices.

We welcome students, emerging scholars, and those interested in engaging in dialogue to join us for this event.

Download our call for proposals to find out how to submit a contribution: Boundaries of Practices call for contributions (PDF, 19.9 MB)

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