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Tower Seminar: The Mirror of Positionality in Community Music: Reflections on Safety in Practice

February 15 at 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Presenters: Dr Hala Jaber, Dr Kathleen Turner, and Steve Ryan
Chair: Dr Kathleen Turner

In this interactive seminar, three community musicians offer three different perspectives on how they use positionality to develop their best practice as facilitators. Hala Jaber considers the importance of physical safety in the unspoken parameters of the workshop. She considers how these make it possible for the facilitator to feel safe, and in turn, establish a sense of ‘safe space’ for others. Kathleen Turner considers emotional safety when working in community, asking how she might ground herself in the present moment in order to enable the grounding of participants. Steve Ryan explores creative safety, proposing that this is only made possible when physical and emotional safety have been established. Steve offers an artefact demonstrating this principle in process, through a song about writing a song.

In response to each perspective, the audience are invited to be active participants, considering their own positionality with regard to safety and the thoughts that arise for their practice as artists, facilitators or creators.

Admission is free and all are welcome.


February 15
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm


Theatre 2, Irish World Academy