Festival of Faith and Music

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Festival of Faith & Music
April 11-13, 2013
Calvin College
Grand Rapids Michigan

Call For Papers & Workshops

Calvin College's Festival of Faith & Music is a biennial conference that brings together musicians, journalists, academics, students and lovers of music and popular culture to discuss diverse forms of popular music and issues of faith. Past Festivals have featured talks and performances by Cornell West, Emmylou Harris, Sufjan Stevens, Neko Case, The Hold Steady, Matisyahu,The Civil Wars, Lupe Fiasco, Baby Dee, Daniel White Hodge, and David Bazan. For this year's festival we have invited Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen, Scott Avett (The Avett Brothers), and Jack White, and we anticipate the inclusion of many other artists, critics, and academics.

We are interested in discovering and celebrating popular music that can be understood as rooted in conviction and/or engaged with themes of faith broadly conceived, including justice, truth, hope, epiphany, transcendence, and redemption, and in hearing or interpreting popular music from faith perspectives.

The Festival is celebrating its 10th year by publishing a collection of its best presentations, papers, and lectures. Submissions for this year's conference will be considered for that book. If accepted to the conference there is an honorarium and some assistance available for travel. We are seeking proposals for papers or 75 minute workshops (3 papers) that address issues of faith in popular music and its various social and cultural contexts. We are particularly interested in papers related to our artists and speakers. Updates on confirmed artists and speakers can be found on the http://www.calvin.edu/admin/sao/festival/.

Topics in the context of faith based popular music may include:
History, Theory, or Criticism
Popular Music Consumption
Auteur Studies
Genre Studies
Celebrity Studies
Gender and Sexuality Studies
Critical Studies
Textual Analysis

Please email a 300-word abstract, bibliography, and speaker bio (attached in a single Word or PDF document) to Dr. Christopher Smit (csmit@calvin.edu) no later than January 1, 2013. Inquiries to the same e-mail address.

Accepted papers and workshops will be decided by January 21, 2013.