• Samantha Dieckmann University of Oxford
  • Jane W. Davidson University of Melbourne


The construction, popularisation and expression of emotions play a central role in peacebuilding pursuits, as well as the international and domestic conflicts they aim to address. The discourse surrounding peacebuilding is inherently emotion-laden, depending upon notions of hope, empathy and compassion (not to mention ‘peace’ itself). Relatedly, emotions such as fear, anger, solidaristic pride and disgust circulate freely during times of conflict. Because emotions are paramount in both musical practice and peacebuilding contexts, cross-cultural projects that aim to develop (or research) emotions must be informed by the ways the conceptualisation of various emotions is often culturally and historically bound.

Author Biographies

Samantha Dieckmann, University of Oxford

Samantha Dieckmann undertook this research as a postdoctoral research fellow at the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions and the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, The University of Melbourne. She has since joined the University of Oxford as an Associate Professor of Music. Samantha is a music educationalist specialising in community music, with a focus on intercultural relations and migrant and refugee resettlement. Her work has been published in volumes such as The Routledge International Handbook of Intercultural Arts Research, world of music (new series) and Diversity in Australia’s Music: Themes Past, Present and for the Future, and she serves on the editorial board of International Journal of Community Music.

Jane W. Davidson, University of Melbourne

Jane W. Davidson is Deputy Director, the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions, Associate Dean Research and Professor of Creative and Performing Arts at the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, The University of Melbourne. Her research interests are broadly in the areas of social psychology of music and performance studies. Specific projects include: music and conciliation; emotion, expression and wellbeing through performance; vocal studies and musical development. Jane has an extensive publication record with research grants in Australia and overseas, was Editor of Psychology of Music (1997–2001), Vice-President of the European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music (2003–2006), President of the Musicological Society of Australia (2010 and 2011) and President of the Australian Music Psychology Society (2018-). She has worked as an opera singer and music theatre director and is coordinator of Opera Studies at The University of Melbourne.