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AAR Annual Meeting
San Diego, CA
November 23-26, 2019

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Music and Religion Unit

Statement of Purpose: 

The discipline of religious studies is expanding beyond linguistic rationality to include the importance of musical phenomena in the development of healthy religious communities and religious consciousness. Meanwhile, theological aesthetics is moving beyond the textual to include music as a resource in its own right for constructive and transformative meaning-making. Music, religiously speaking, is no mere adjunct to the study of sacred space, ritual, visual art, liturgy, or philosophical aesthetics; rather, it is a distinct field in its own right — with its own particular content, methods, and norms. By placing the relationship between music and religion at the center of our endeavor, this Unit seeks to serve scholars who operate out of this ubiquitous, but ironically unrepresented, realm of academic pursuit within the guild.

Call for Papers: 

The discipline of religious studies is expanding beyond linguistic rationality to include the importance of musical phenomena in the development of healthy religious communities and religious consciousness. Meanwhile, theological aesthetics is moving beyond the textual to include music as a resource in its own right for constructive and transformative meaning-making. Music, religiously speaking, is no mere adjunct to the study of sacred space, ritual, visual art, liturgy, or philosophical aesthetics; rather, it is a distinct field in its own right — with its own particular content, methods, and norms. By placing the relationship between music and religion at the center of our endeavor, this Unit seeks to serve scholars who operate out of this ubiquitous, but ironically unrepresented, realm of academic pursuit within the guild.

The Music and Religion Unit invites papers or panels on the relationship between music and religion in the context of contemporary or historical cultures. We would be delighted to partner with musicians and scholars affiliated with local institutions, e.g. UCSD or SDSU and associated music archives. Papers or panels which incorporate/demonstrate live performance as part of the session (or at other venues in the AAR program) are particularly welcome. We encourage proposals that relate to San Diego, the US/Mexican border regions, immigrant communities and the American west coast in general, and that connect to important anniversaries: 1969, 1919, etc. useful wiki resource on music by year 1919, highlighting births, deaths, premieres, recordings, etc. – same for 1969.


In particular we welcome submissions on the following topics for the 2019 AAR:

● We are hoping to foster more musical performances as part of the intellectual work of the section; this can include a recital/lecture format. If you submit such a proposal on any theme, please indicate a time frame of between 15-25 minutes, and what resources you would need technically.


● The Music and Religion Section seeks individual or session proposals for a co-sponsored session with the Religion and Science Fiction Unit on musics of the future and/or apocalyptic musics.

● We are also hoping to generate a co-sponsored session with the Mormon Studies Unit on any aspect of LDS music practices (e.g. Emma Smith and the earliest hymns; Mormon Tabernacle Choir; contemporary trends, etc.).

● Other potential topics include but are not limited to:

○ commemoration of the 400th anniversary of African peoples being brought to Virginia as slaves, through looking at the musical resources and earliest strata of African-American music;
○ the fiftieth anniversary of the Jesus Movement (Lonnie Frisbee and Calvary Chapel, Maranatha Records, Larry Norman’s Upon This Rock);
○ the music of evangelical megachurches and institutions;
○ spiritual dimensions in the music of King Crimson on the 50th anniversary of In The Court of the Crimson King;
○ Latinx religious music in the West and among immigrant populations;
○ Native American musico-religious and sonic traditions;
○ South Asian devotional music;
○ systematic theological aesthetics as they address music;
○ the role of music in spiritual formation;
○ sonic environments; and
○ the 150th anniversary of Brahms’ German Requiem.

Other perennial topics of interest include the shifting definitions of “sacred” music; the relationship of music to sound and silence; religious interdicts and prohibition of music and instruments; reflections on the materials of music: sound, time, rhythm, instruments; technological changes in music circulation.

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