Appel de conférences – « The Spirituals Project National Conference »

Appel de conférences pour « The Spirituals Project National Conference (Healing 2023) », Univ. of Denver, 11-13 mai 2023.

« We invite professionals and laypersons of all backgrounds to join us for this conference to explore the spirituals and their multi-layered cultural legacy through the lens of this year’s theme: healing. 

The Spirituals Project is a secular, community-engaged program of the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music. The Project seeks to preserve and revitalize the artistic, educational, and social justice teachings of “spirituals,” songs that were created and first sung by enslaved Africans in America in the 18th and 19th centuries. We are a community outreach and artistic program centered around a core 70-member multi-ethnic, multigenerational community choir. In addition to a core group of singers from widely diverse segments of the Denver metropolitan community, the choir includes University of Denver students, as well as staff and faculty members. 

Healing is a counterpoint to violence, rupture, and stress–both sustained and sudden. In their earliest iterations, the spirituals responded to physical, spiritual, and cultural violence. And they have continued to do so. Healing (or a lack thereof) is thus a theme that emerges in many ways throughout the spirituals’ history and their contemporary practice. What did healing mean historically? What does it mean today? What is or was in need of healing? How do the spirituals and related traditions engage with healing? Is healing a useful concept today? What does the framework of healing invite us to examine more deeply? What does it cause us to ignore? 

Research, Education, Activism, and Performance are at the center of The Spirituals Project’s mission. Thus, we seek participants of diverse professions and perspectives–from music, education, literature, history, religion, psychology, culture, social justice, and more–who approach this healing through the lens of research, education, activism, and/or performance. We hope that you will join us as we come together to share and learn from our diverse knowledge and experiences–from the artistic to the activist to the academic. 

We welcome proposals for 60- or 90-minute presentations, workshops, and roundtable discussions. Proposals should be 250 words or less. In addition to your 250-word proposal, please include the desired format (e.g., workshop, roundtable discussion), the desired time (60 or 90 minutes), as well as all presenters’/participants’ names, contact information, roles (e.g., roundtable moderator, workshop leader), and bios. »

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