[Previous message][Next message][Back to index]
[ecrea] CFP: "Music and the Sacred"
Tue Apr 10 11:10:50 GMT 2018
To remind you of the forthcoming conference "Music and the Sacred" in
Helsinki, Finland, in November, for which there is still time to submit
proposals. The call can be found at
http://www.etnomusikologia.fi/p/esitelmapyynnot.html and may be
forwarded freely to all interested parties.
If you have any questions, please contact (musicandthesacred /at/ gmail.com)
<mailto:(musicandthesacred /at/ gmail.com)>
Music and the Sacred
12–14 November 2018, Helsinki, Finland
Call for Papers and Presentations
The Finnish Society for Ethnomusicology and the Finnish Society for
Hymnology and Liturgy hereby invite submissions for the conference
”Music and the Sacred”. In the conference, the aim is to address the
various ways in which music intersects with sacred phenomena, and vice
versa. This entails acknowledging the multidimensionality of both music
and the sacred, and how music becomes sacralised in diverse ways and how
the sacred becomes reconceptualised in musical contexts. A crucial point
of departure for the conference is to understand the sacred not only as
a religious idea but also as a broader conceptual field that, in the
words of Gordon Lynch, pertains to “what people collectively experience
as absolute, non-contingent realities which present normative claims
over the meaning and conduct of social life” (The Sacred in the Modern
World, 2012). In music, alongside explicitly religious songs and tunes,
clearest examples include national anthems and other national(istic)
forms of music, as well as ubiquitous ideas about music’s transcendental
qualities and effects.
The topic relates also to recent discussions over multiculturalism and
postsecularity, both of which imply a change towards a more diverse
religious and spiritual cultural environment. While multiculturalism is
associated with the spread of conventional religions, postsecularity in
turn may be understood as the possibility to broaden the ethics and
values of modernist secular states through world’s religions,
traditional cultures and various alternative spiritualities. While there
is ample literature on “rescripting the sacred”, as it were, in relation
to these societal and cultural shifts, music features surprisingly
rarely in these accounts. To emphasise the importance of music in the
current conditions of religious diversity and re-enchantment,
submissions dealing with the following themes, among other relevant
ones, are invited:
musics within religious institutions and otherwise organised
religions and religious movements;
religiosity in music;
“sacred” music in relation to its “mundane”, “profane”, “secular”
or “unholy” counterparts;
the importance of religious doctrines for definitions of music;
origin myths and other forms of mythologisation of music;
ideologies of musical autonomy and authenticity;
stars and geniouses, fan(atic)s and aficionados;
music and sub-/occultures;
music, racialisation and racism;
music, the sacred and gender;
music and indigenous belief systems;
music and paganism;
canonisation and other forms of historiographical sanctification of
music and dark tourism;
music and sacred spaces;
sacred politics of music;
music, the sacred and freedom of expression;
music, censorship and moral panics;
music and totalitarianism.
The organisers welcome proposals for individual 20-minute presentations,
entire 90-minute sessions and 45-minute lecture-recitals. Alternative
presentation formats will be considered. Proposals from Master’s
students are also welcome.
The proposals shall include the following information:
the title of the presentation/session;
the name(s), position(s) and affiliation(s) of the presenter(s);
an abstract not exceeding 300 words (in case of sessions, please
indicate individual topics if appropriate).
The proposals shall be sent preferably in pdf to
(musicandthesacred /at/ gmail.com) no later than 20 April 2018. Letters of
confirmation will be sent by 31 May 2018.
The participation fee for the conference is EUR 60 (no concessions).
Members of the organising societies are exempt from the fee.
The conference will be honoured with guest lectures by Professor Philip
V. Bohlman (University of Chicago), Professor Hannu Salmi (University of
Turku) and Senior Lecturer Abigail Wood (University of Haifa). The
conference is supported financially by the Emil Aaltonen Foundation.
All correspondence regarding the conference should be directed to
(musicandthesacred /at/ gmail.com).
The organising committee
Chair: Antti-Ville Kärjä (Music Archive Finland)
Secretary: Tuomas Auvinen (University of Turku)
Heidi Haapoja-Mäkelä (University of Helsinki)
Elina Hytönen-Ng (University of Eastern Finland)
Samuli Korkalainen (Sibelius Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki)
Saijaleena Rantanen (Sibelius Academy of the University of the Arts
Pekka Toivanen (University of Jyväskylä)
welcomes you to the conference!
This mailing list is a free service offered by Nico Carpentier. Please
use it responsibly and wisely.
To subscribe or unsubscribe, please visit http://commlist.org/
Before sending a posting request, please always read the guidelines at
To contact the mailing list manager:
Email: (nico.carpentier /at/ vub.ac.be)
[Previous message][Next message][Back to index]