Call for Papers – Christian Congregational Music: Local and Global Perspectives

Call for Papers
Christian Congregational Music: Local and Global Perspectives
Ripon College Cuddesdon, Oxford, United Kingdom

1-3 August 2013

Congregational music-making has long been a vital and vibrant practice within Christian communities worldwide. Congregational music reflects, informs, and articulates local convictions and concerns as well as global flows of ideas and products. Congregational song can unify communities of faith across geographical and cultural boundaries, while simultaneously serving as a contested practice used to inscribe, challenge, and negotiate identities. Many twenty-first century congregational song repertories are transnational genres that cross boundaries of region, nation, and denomination. The various meanings, uses, and influence of these congregational song repertoires cannot be understood without an exploration of these musics’ local roots and global routes.

This conference seeks to explore the multifaceted interaction between local and global dimensions of Christian congregational music by drawing from perspectives across academic disciplines, including anthropology, sociology, history, music studies, and theology. In particular, the conference welcomes papers addressing or engaging with one or more of the following six themes:

●      The Politics of Congregational Singing
●      Popular Music in/as Christian Worship
●      From Mission Hymns to Indigenous Hymnodies
●      Congregational Music in the University Classroom
●      Towards a More Musical Theology
●      A Futurology of Congregational Music

Proposals must be received by 14 December 2012. Click here for more information about the conference.

To submit a proposal for an individual paper or organised panel of three papers, please fill out the proposal form.

Notifications of acceptance will be sent by 28 January 2013, and conference registration will begin on 2 February 2013. Further instructions will be posted on the conference website, so please check back frequently.

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