Call for Papers for a Special Section of the Australian Music Therapy Journal: Aspects of Culture in Music Therapy
Vol 25, 2014
Guest Editor: Dr Helen Shoemark (Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, Melbourne Australia)
Purpose and scope
The growth in immigration patterns around the globe means that we are now likely to encounter people from many cultures within our own community. The potential influence on our practices as music therapists are both exciting and daunting as we consider the multiple meanings of music and the role of music for people from different cultures. The vibrant mobility of music therapy graduates, educators and clinicians means we are also experiencing a previously unknown sharing of music therapy knowledge and practice across many cultures within our profession. While some cultures dominate both education and practice, the growth of music therapy in many corners of the world is strong. How are we attending to culture in our thinking and learning, in the experiences of our clients, and in the acceptability of music therapy as a worldwide profession?
Possible topics for submission include, but are not limited to, the following:
• Inclusive practices
• Acknowledging diversity
• Considerations in training
• Understanding the music
• Policy support
• Acceptability in new communities
• New epistemologies
• Recognition of culture in research
International studies involving collaborative approaches are particularly welcomed.
Please submit your electronic abstract (max 2 pages) of the proposed paper by Friday August 23rd, 2013 by e-mail to Dr Helen Shoemark who will advise on the suitability of the paper for the special focus. Abstracts must clearly state the paper objectives, issues, methods and findings as appropriate, application of results and conclusions. A short list of references is required. Authors whose abstracts are accepted will still be required to submit a full paper for blind, independent peer-review. This two-fold process is designed to enable authors to know if the manuscript is within the scope of the edition before completing the full manuscript.
Deadline for the submission of abstract: August 23rd 2013
Deadline for submission of full paper: November 29th 2013
For further information about the Special Edition, please contact: Helen Shoemark.