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CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Essays on Rock and Religion
full name / name of organization:
Robert P. McParland, PhD., Alex DiBlasi, M.A.
Call for Proposals: Saints, Sinners, and Seekers: A Collection of Essays on Rock and Religion
PROPOSAL DEADLINE: September 15, 2014
The aim of this book is to explore the relationship between religion/spirituality and rock music. Much has been written on the history of religious music itself, but not much exists on the role religion and spirituality have played in popular song. Music itself has long been considered a spiritual and even meditative practice; this book seeks to investigate rock music as an expression of religious inquiry, religious devotion, and even as a religious experience itself. From the rise of the American Evangelical movement to the widespread introduction of Eastern philosophies in the West, the past century has seen a radical change in the religious makeup of Western culture. Rock artists across the world have incorporated both new and old religious beliefs into their work, and it is our aim to take a similarly ecumenical approach with the essays in this book, covering a wide range of philosophies and belief systems. Scholars from a variety of backgrounds – music, religious studies, cultural studies, anthropology – are encouraged to submit for this volume.
Contributors are encouraged to consider addressing any number of the following in their submissions:
• Comparative Religion/World Religions
A few parameters:
• The plan is for this book to principally address the relationship between rock and religion. We ask that subjects be explicitly tied to rock music.
Essays can run anywhere from 3,500 to 5,000 words. Contributors should use MLA format. Avoid using quotes from song lyrics. Figures, photos, and illustrations are not recommended unless you can provide a high-resolution image for which the rights have also been cleared.
Please submit a 200-word abstract as a Word file (either .doc or .docx) by September 15, 2014, along with a current CV.
Any further questions, please feel free to contact either of the editors of this book:
Robert P. McParland, PhD.
Alex C. DiBlasi, MA