Call for Papers: The Reformed Theology and Spirituality of Music

Posted: 18 March 2019

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Update: The First International Conference on Reformation Musical History and Theology will take place in Enschede, 13-15 May 2020.

The principal aim of this conference is to reassess the significance of the Reformed theology and spirituality of music in relation to education, ethics, liturgy and culture, by scrutinising Reformed musical discourses and practices that lie at the core of musical polemics and apologetics across Reformation Europe and thereafter. The conference seeks not only to study the foundation of the Reformed theology and spirituality of music, but also to diagnose the musical state of modern Reformed churches accordingly.

We cordially invite researchers to submit proposals which engage with a range of methodologies and perspectives on the Reformed traditions of music in public worship and private devotion. Proposals may address, but need not be limited to, the following topics:

  • The early modern Reformed theology and spirituality of music: 1520s – 1700s.
  • The Reformed practices of church music in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
  • Music, devotion, and identity in Reformed worship.
  • Music, ethics, and spirituality in Reformed churches.
  • The Reformed tradition of music as prayer.
  • Music, dance, and education in Reformed churches.
  • Singing, exile, and piety in Reformed churches.
  • Organ music in Reformed churches.
  • Relationship between the Reformed practices of church music and its Lutheran counterpart.
  • The Musical Impact of the Reformed churches on Catholic, Anglican and other Protestant church music.
  • Church music in non-Western Reformed churches (Asia, Africa and Latin America).
  • Reforming the Reformed tradition of music: challenge, change and continuity.


Call for Papers pdf

You can read the pdf version of the Call for Papers here.



Proposals and brief CVs (max. 100 words) should be submitted to the committee via e-mail no later than 15 August 2019.



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Event Info

Start Date
13 May 2020

End Date
15 May 2020

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