Call for Papers
“Africana Religious Music & Sacred Sound”
Journal of Africana Religions
How does a global, diasporic, and/or translocal perspective enrich our understanding of religious music in Africa and the African diaspora? How have sacred sounds traveled across or faded away at the political, geographic, economic, and social boundaries of the Black world? How might attention to soundscapes and the aesthetics of musical performance inform the broader study of Africana religions? The Journal of Africana Religions invites 3,000-word papers for a roundtable on Africana religious music and sacred sound. All disciplinary approaches to the topic are welcome so long as authors consider their subject matter from a translocal, Africana perspective. Examples of potential topics include but are not limited to drumming and percussive activities across the Africana world; Christian hymnody in the Black Atlantic; music in Zar, Bori, and Gnawa practices of Islam; gender or sexual identity in global Black religious music; global Black hip hop and the sacred; the business of global Africana music; Qur’anic recitation in the Black world; and praise music among African and African diaspora Christians.
If interested, please send a 150-word proposal to [email protected]. Final essay manuscripts will be due by January 30, 2017.