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“Music, Theology, and Justice”: Call for Papers

Posted in: General by Michael Iafrate on December 13, 2013

Rock and Theology friends, please take a look at this exciting call for papers for a conference called “Music, Theology, and Justice” to be held at the University of St. Michael’s College at the University of Toronto October 24th–25th, 2014:

Music is present in virtually all human cultures and it has been integral to Christian life and worship for two millennia. In recent scholarship, there has been a growing interest in the relationship between music (as a practice and as an academic discipline) and theology (as an academic discipline arising from the practice of faith).

The purpose of this interdisciplinary conference is to gather together scholars interested in exploring further the relationship between music and theology. In particular, the conference will consider theological issues raised by the social practice of music, and implications for justice, ethics, morality.Music does not make itself. It is made by people: professionals and amateurs, singers and instrumentalists, composers and publishers, performers and audiences, entrepreneurs and consumers. In turn, making music shapes those who make it—spiritually, emotionally, physically, mentally, socially, politically, economically, etc.—for good or ill, harming and healing.

We seek proposals for papers or lecture-recitals (25 minutes long), or poster presentations in, but not necessarily limited to, the following areas:

1. Communities shaping and shaped by musical practice.
2. Ethics of music in worship, in society.
3. Music as action of justice and for justice.
4. Music, power, leadership, and responsibility.
5. Uses (and abuses) of music in religious education and spiritual formation.
6. Ethics of performance and participation.
7. While the music of worship is an obvious point of reference, we encourage proposals that examine a wide range of musical experiences through a theological-ethical lens.

For the full flyer with more information, click here.

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