Dec 02 2020

This session will take the form of an investigation into one psychiatrist’s relationship with jazz: the late Professor Sean Spence. Although more resources might be available, we will take the position that there are five ‘documents’ available to the investigators whose job is to understand what this particular psychiatrist thought about jazz and its relation to mental health. Is jazz a ‘cause’ of mental illness (or better, distress)? If so, how? Does jazz help to ameliorate mental distress? If so, how? What did Sean Spence have to say? Do you think that his position would be shared by other psychiatrists? What might any/all of the foregoing say with regard to the place of jazz in modern global cultures?

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