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Call for Papers/Performances: Mysticism as Sound and Movement

Wednesday, August 19, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Jennifer Studebaker
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The Department of Art History and Music is pleased to invite submissions of proposals for a lecture-ritual/demonstration on Mysticism as Sound and Movement, to be held at Fordham University on April 6, 2016.  The event will last two hours and include one paper presentation and ritual performance only.  A reception will follow. 

The objective of the event is twofold. The first, through a formal presentation of a paper, is to investigate the complexity of relationships among the body/bodily movement, sound (music), and mystical thought. The second, through a demonstration in the form of ritual, prayer, or meditation following the paper, is to reflect on the relationship between the notion of the sacred and human beings, and to come to comprehend how boundaries between the self/other and human/divine can be broken down through hearing and bodily experience. 

We welcome a diversity of spiritual and mystical practices as well as papers that reflect perspectives across the spectrum of musicology as discipline.  Please submit a 500-word abstract of the paper, a 250-word biography of the presenter, and a 250-word abstract about the proposed ritual and its participants. The proposal must include a description of a planned performance that is connected to the paper’s theme. It is the lecturer’s responsibility to organize the ritual/performance. There is, depending on the number of participants, a maximum of $1000 honorarium for the event.

Please submit your proposal as a Word Document by November 15 to Dr. Sevin H. Yaraman at yaraman@fordham.edu.  Presenters will be notified by January 8, 2016.

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