University of Virginia, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Music and the Inner World

September 23, 2017

The conference will address a range of issues related to music and “the inner world,” a phrase open to various interpretations. The program of invited speakers brings together different psychological/psychoanalytic orientations and different scholarly or professional relations to music. There will be nine half-hour presentations, each followed by a half hour of discussion, along with a keynote presentation. Conference sessions will take place all day Saturday, September 23, and on Sunday morning, ending at 12:30 PM.


The keynote speaker, Francis Grier, based in London, is a distinguished composer and performer, as well as a practicing psychoanalyst. Other presenters include Diane Austin (NYU; music therapist, author of a book on uses of voice in therapy); Seth Brodsky (University of Chicago; author of a recent book about Lacan and musical modernism); Nomi Dave (University of Virginia; research on music, politics, and pleasure); Marion Guck (University of Michigan; recent research on psychoanalytic concepts as models for the music-listener relationship); Erin Johnson and Cara Marinucci (Integrative Music Institute, Charlottesville private practice therapists and trainers of The Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music); Fred Maus (University of Virginia; recent work on object relations psychoanalysis and music); Jenny Johnson (Wellesley College; composer and author of publications about music and trauma); Mitchell Morris (UCLA; author of a book about 70s popular music and pleasure; influenced by Klein and Winnicott); and Michael Puri (University of Virginia; author of a book on Ravel and other publications that draw on psychoanalysis).


Conference events on Saturday and Sunday are free and open to the public. Potential attendees from outside Charlottesville should be aware that hotel accommodations often fill up because of visitors to the University, especially on weekends, and should plan ahead.