CFP: [Religion] Festival of Faith and Music: Cornel West, Makoto Fujimura, and Many Others

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Mary McCampbell
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Call For Papers: 2009 Festival of Faith and Music
Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan
April 2-4, 2009

The Festival of Faith & Music at Calvin College is a biennial conference
that brings together musicians, critics, journalists, artists, and
listeners for three days of discussion and celebration of diverse forms
of popular music that explore, critique, and grapple with issues of
faith. Believing that many aspects of popular culture are worthy of
serious study and engagement, the festival does not primarily focus on
the Christian music industry. We invite conversation about all forms of
music that highlight occurrences of epiphany, engagement with
transcendence, and movements toward redemption.

Past festivals have featured artists Emmylou Harris, Neko Case, Sufjan
Stevens, and David Bazan. For this year’s festival, we have invited The
Hold Steady, Over The Rhine, and T Bone Burnett, and we anticipate the
inclusion of many other artists. Some of our confirmed speakers this
year include Cornel West, Makoto Fujimura, Josh Jackson (creator of Paste
Magazine), Jessica Hopper, Terry Mattingly, Cathleen Falsani, and Andy

We are seeking proposals for 20 minute (2,000-2,500 word) papers that
address issues of faith and redemption 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 festival website:

Please send a 300-word abstract in word format to Drs. Benita Wolters-
Fredlund and Mary McCampbell at Any queries are also
very welcome.

Submission deadline: January 20, 2009

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