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Simon Gilbertson : The body political: A multiplicity of crossroads

Associate Professor Simon Gilbertson
Grieg Academy, University of Bergen

Simon has worked as Associate Professor in Music Therapy at the Grieg Academy, University since 2010. Between 2011 and 2015 he was the Program coordinator of the Integrated Master in Music Therapy. His research interests include the anthropology of the body and how contemporary theory on mind and nature informs music therapy and vice versa.

Using the theme of the conference as a point of departure, this paper will present a discussion of the politics of the bodies of music therapy's clients and therapists, its advocates and adversaries, as seen through contemporary theory in anthropology, philosophy and music therapy.

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Mössler, K. Gilbertson, S., Krüger, V. & Schmid, W. (2013). Converging reflections on music therapy with children and adolescents: A collaborative seminar on diverse areas of music therapy practice and research. Voices: A World Forum for Music Therapy, 13(2). Available from:

Noë, A. (2009). Out of our heads: Why you are not your brain, and other lessons from the biology of consciousness. New York: Hill and Wang.

Chair: Kjersti Johansson
Hvor: Auditoriet