11-13 September 2020
Western Sydney University
Parramatta South Campus
Australia-China Institute for Arts and Culture
School of Humanities and Communication Arts (Music)
Music has been an intrinsic part of human spirituality for centuries. The spiritual efficacy of music is a well-acknowledged fact in social and scholarly discourse, from songs received through dreams in northeast Arnhem Land, to the highly ritualised repertories of Confucian worship (Marrett 2005; Russell and Wilkins 2012; Steben 2012).
Music and Spirituality calls for papers and creative works expounding this age-old phenomenon with special attention to intercultural and interdisciplinary practice in the new millennium. With the ongoing development of transnationalism and further emergence of hybrid forms, what is the future of the time-honoured relationship between music and spirituality as we advance into the next decade of the digital age?
This symposium takes place at Western Sydney University (Parramatta South Campus) from Friday 11 to Saturday 12 September. It culminates in a concert at the iconic Riverside Theatre on Sunday 13 September 2020 to celebrate the tenth Anniversary of the Sydney Sacred Music Festival (SSMF) (opens in a new window), directed by Richard Petkovic.
The Sydney Sacred Music Festival is a celebration of an extensive range of spiritually inspired music, ceremony and art. With a focus on western Sydney, the festival brings together diverse artists and cultures in the creation of new work. Festival events are presented in unique spaces with the aim to showcase hidden treasures from the local community in an all-inclusive setting.
Please note that if it is still not safe to travel in September due to the coronavirus situation, the symposium will be pushed back to a later date.
Themes (opens in a new window)
* Monday 8 June 2020 submission of proposals
* Friday 17 July 2020 notification of accepted proposals
* Friday 14 August 2020 announcement of program
Fees (opens in a new window)
The language of communication and presentation is English. In the case of scholars from China who may need assistance, interpreting services will be provided free-of-charge by the Australia-China Institute for Arts and Culture (WSU).
A proposal has been made to ANU Press Music (opens in a new window) for the publication of an edited collection using double blind peer review. This collection includes both discursive text and artistic outputs (embedded hyperlinks or playlist).
For all enquiries, or to make suggestions and provide feedback, please contact:
Dr Nicholas Ng (Research Fellow) firstname.lastname@example.org (opens in a new window).