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Annual Conference
Bologna (Italy), March 5-8, 2018

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European Academy of Religion

Call of the EuARe Music Study Group 6 – 7 March 2018

**** Your proposals must be sent before January 30th, 2018 ****

‘Fixity, variability, creativity in Religious Music’

Like silence, music is inseparable from religious (sacred, mystical, spiritual) experience. Whether magnified, tolerated or forbidden, it is there, in one form or another. In other words, we are dealing with the nature of the special relationships of men and cultures with transcendence through music.

Dealing with the elements of fixity, variability and creativity in religious music raises these first questions (though they are not limited to these): What are the conditions for these features to emerge – or (perhaps) not? What are the limits (if any) to the religious musical work/expression, and to its potential variations? What about the impact on listeners (auralities)? How does variability fit with fixity? In what way may creativity be exercised in the face of either fixity or variability? In which ways does the concept of “religious music” interfere with or reinforce creativity, and how do the ideas of fixity and variability intersect with this? How the contingencies of the performance influence the process of creation, (and/or) re-creation, variation, adaptation?

This call is open to papers dealing with all kinds of music production/reception, from all kinds of religious dimensions, with no historical or cultural restrictions.

The language of the conference will be English. Proposals of up to 150 words and short biographical notes (maximum 75 words) should be sent to

by January 30 2018.

Responses will be sent out by February 6, 2018 with complete information about the programme and organization.
In the framework of the Music Conference, the Academy offers 3 travel grants (of 300 €) to PhD Students, Post-Docs and Early Career Scholars.
Presentation format: 20 minutes presentations + 10 minutes questions. Selected papers will be published in a special issue.

Organisation: Dr. Olivier Tourny, CNRS – Aix-Marseille University (IDEMEC)

Scientific Committee:
Prof. Serena Facci, Universita di Roma Tor Vergata
Dr. Renée Hattar, The Royal Institute for Inter-Faith Studies, Amman
Prof. Julien Ferrando, Aix-Marseille Université
Dr. Ivan Moody, CESEM - Universidade Nova, Lisbon/International Society for Orthodox Church Music
Prof. Sander Van Maas, University of Amsterdam
Dr. Olivier Tourny, CNRS – Aix-Marseille Unive