UPDATE: [Religion] Festival of Faith and Music: Cornel West, The Hold Steady

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Mary McCampbell
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Call for Papers
Festival of Faith and Music, April 2-4, 2009
Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI

Keynote Speakers: Cornel West, Makoto Fujimura, Andy Crouch
The 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. 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. Calvin College is a Christian liberal arts
college which seeks to study and engage popular culture. Our festival is
not primarily concerned with the Christian music industry or limited to
discussing only those artists who publicly embrace a specific religion.
Rather, we hope to facilitate a broader conversation about all forms of
popular music and our response to it as people of faith.

Past Festivals have featured artists Emmylou Harris, Sufjan Stevens, Neko
Case, and David Bazan. For this year's festival, we have invited The Hold
Steady, Vic Chesnutt, Over the Rhine, and T-Bone Burnett, and we
anticipate the inclusion of many other artists. Our list of confirmed
speakers includes Cornel West, Makoto Fujimura, Jessica Hopper, Terry
Mattingly, Cathleen Falsani, and Andy Crouch.

We are seeking proposals for 20 minute (2,000-2,500 word) 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 festival website:

Please email a 300-word abstract (attached in Word format) to Drs. Benita
Wolters-Fredlund and Mary McCampbell at ffmcfp[at]gmail[dot]com. Queries
are also welcome.
Submission deadline: January 20, 2009

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