Music and Religion

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Convener: Peter Jeffery

Members:

Awet Andemicael, University of Notre Dame (Graduate Student);  Yury Avvakumov, University of Notre Dame; Guy Beck, Tulane University and University of New Orleans; Phil Bohlman, University of Chicago; Melvin Butler, University of Chicago; Margot Fassler, University of Notre Dame; Tala Jarjour, University of Notre Dame; Peter Jeffery, University of Notre Dame (Convener); Carolyn Landau, King’s College, London; Steve Marini, Wellesley College; Cara Polk, University of Notre Dame (Graduate Student); Kay Shelemay, Harvard University

Three Questions to Consider

Music, broadly defined, is formative and central to religious experience and practice.

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1. How can the observation and documentation of music, past and present, enrich the field of religious studies?

        a. What are the challenges for achieving this?

        b. What are the opportunities?

2. How can music scholars and performers benefit from thinking about religion and its relation to music? Inquiry includes topics such as:

        a. belief

        b. community

        c. embodiment

        d. identity

        e. memory

        f. social life  

3. What is the potential impact beyond the academy of the collaborative study of music and religion?

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Please click here to read the Music and Religion working group's report read at the joint meeting of the Society for Ethnomusicology, American Musicological Society, and Society of Music Theory, 2012.

Please click here to read the Music and Religion working group's report read at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion, 2012.