Can Community Music Help Create More Equitable Societies?
In her talk, Professor Bartleet will open up a conversation about the role community music can play in addressing entrenched social inequity.
Social inequity can be understood as inexcusable disparities in the resources, opportunities, rewards, and rights a person has based on their position within society.
The foundations of social inequity are structural and relate to social systems of power that cause certain groups to thrive at the expense of others. Social inequity is escalating, with the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbating problems of long-term disadvantage in many communities. There are growing calls for place-based initiatives that bring together diverse stakeholders and sectors to work collectively with communities on addressing these complex challenges. In her talk Professor Bartleet will draw on insights from her Australian Research Council Future Fellowship, called the Creative Change Project, which is seeking to examine the role community music can play in addressing these entrenched social inequities in Australia. Specifically, her research aims to explore the creative change that music can bring to place-based initiatives tackling social disadvantage in communities. In her talk Professor Bartleet will pose the question: how can we become better at conceptualizing and critically framing how the positive outcomes from music-making lead to the kinds of macro, systemic changes needed for social equity to occur?
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