How can musicians help to build peace?
This was the question that brought together 20 musicians, songwriters, creative arts therapists, peace psychologists, music psychologists, conflict mediators and members of the Australian Defence Force bands on 27 October 2023 for the first Musicians Building Peace Collaboratory at The University of Melbourne.
Led by Dr. Gillian Howell
, Senior Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne and an authority on music in peacebuilding and post-conflict transitions, this collaborative workshop explored the role of music in promoting peace, justice, and dialogue and building a more just and peaceful world.
There are more Collaboratories planned for 2024-2026 as part of Dr. Howell’s postdoctoral research into music, peace, and dialogue, so watch this space!