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Monique Ingalls

Sep 28, 2021, 11:51:13 AM9/28/21
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REGISTRATION OPEN: Study Day on ‘Hymns and Race: Agency, Mobility, Coloniality’, 22 October 2021.


Format: Zoom (link will be emailed to registered attendees on the day)


Registration (free): Eventbrite link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/virtual-study-day-hymns-and-race-agency-mobility-coloniality-tickets-174211620647 

  • Format: 15-minute papers for 60-minute sessions = all papers will be read out one after each other, and then 15 minutes of Q&A at the end for all 3 speakers

  • For sessions with 4 papers, we have made these 90 minutes, so that there can be 30 minutes of Q&A at the end for all 4 speakers

  • The keynote lecture will be c.45 minutes, with c.45 minutes for Q&A. 


All times listed are in UK time

09:00–09:30: Opening Remarks: Philip Burnett (Independent) and Erin Johnson-Williams (Durham University), ‘Hymns and Race: Agency, Mobility, Coloniality’ 


09:30–10:30: PANEL 1. MISSIONISATION, EMPIRE, RE-LOCATION (Chair: Philip Burnett, Independent)

Robin Stevens (Melbourne Conservatorium of Music), ‘Means to an End: The Role of Tonic Sol-fa in Promoting Hymn Singing in the Indian State of Mizoram’ 

Michael Webb (University of Sydney), ‘Sankey Hymns as South Sea Islander ‘Sorrow Songs’ on the Queensland Plantation and Beyond, from the 1870s’

Kgomotso Moshugi (University of the Witwatersrand), ‘Decoloniality of a Hymn through its Mobility: A Case of Re-Location and Altered Musical Aesthetics’ 


BREAK (30 minutes) 


11:00–12:00: PANEL 2: PRACTICE, SYNCRETISM, & GLOBALISATION (Chair: Erin Johnson-Williams, Durham University)

Xue Bai (Southwest University, China), ‘The Making of Ecumenicity: Musical Practices of the Chinese Baptist Church in West Los Angeles’

Huijuan Hua (University of Otago, NZ), ‘Reinventing Tradition of Hymn SingingSyncretism of the Miao Christian Music and Worship in Yunnan’

Shujin Zhang (Leiden University, Netherlands), ‘Revitalization of Indigenous Music: Shifting Hymn by the Miao Youths in the Church Community of Northwest Guizhou’


BREAK (30 minutes) 


12:30–14:00: PANEL 3: POWER, NEGOTIATION, ADAPTATION (Chair: Martin Clarke, Open University)

June Boyce-Tillman (University of Winchester and North West University, South Africa), ‘We Become What we Sing: Hymnody as Control’ 

Andrew-John Bethke (University of KwaZulu-Natal), ‘An Attempt at Promoting Multiculturalism and Multilingualism through Anglican Hymnody: A Brief Introduction to A Southern African Multilingual Hymn Collection’ 

Liz Lassiter (City, University of London), ‘Co-Writing our Hymn for Liberation’ 

Ellan A. Lincoln-Hyde (SOAS, University of London), ‘The Faith and Politics of Emily Kathleen Hooper (1878–1974): An Examination of Christian Worship Music Published in Northern China between 1930 and 1937’


14:00–15:00: PANEL 4: RECEPTION, TRANSLATION, CANONISATION (Chair: Marcell Silva Steuernagel, Perkins School of Theology | Southern Methodist University) 

Daniel Johnson (Leicester University), ‘“And Wash the Ethiop White”: Whiteness as Salvation and the Reception History of Wesley’s Conversion Hymn’ 

Jun Kai Pow (Independent), ‘Hymns as Heritage: Decolonising Music, History and Musicology in Paramaribo, Suriname’

T. Wyatt Reynolds (Yale University) and Abraham Wallace (University of Michigan), ‘Translations and Retranslations: Cherokee Hymnody and the Literary Endeavors of Elias Boudinot’


15:00–16:30: KEYNOTE LECTURE: (Chair: Bennett Zon, Durham University) 

Emmett G. Price (Berklee College of Music) “‘We’ll Understand it Better By and By:’ Nomenclature, Negotiation, and Naming our Neighbors” 


BREAK (2.5 hours) 


19:00–20:00: PANEL 5: ‘Editing Hymns and Race’ Roundtable (Chair: Meredith A. Doster, Emory University)

                Meredith A. Doster (Emory University)

                Sara Snyder Hopkins (Western Carolina University)

                Jesse P. Karlsberg (Emory University)

                James Abbington (Candler School of Theology, Emory University)


20:00–21:30: PANEL 6: MOBILITY, DISSEMINATION, DE/COLONIALITY (Chair: Ayla Lepine, National Gallery)

Alisa Clapp-Itnyre (Indiana University), ‘Spreading the Gospel, Racist Rhetoric, and Child Empowerment through Nineteenth-Century Missionary Hymns’ 

Jonathan Hicks (University of Aberdeen), ‘Whither Christian Soldiers?’ 

Monique Ingalls (Baylor University), ‘Challenging Hymn Canons of Christian Otherness: The Nigerian Christian Songs Project as Means of Musical Decolonization’

Becca Whitla (St. Andrew’s College, Saskatoon), ‘The Empire Sings: Confronting Coloniality in Music’


21:30–21:45 Closing Remarks (Philip Burnett and Erin Johnson-Williams)


21:45: CLOSE



Dr Erin G. Johnson-Williams (she / her / hers)

Leverhulme Early Career Fellow


Department of Music

Durham University 

Palace Green 

Durham DH1 3RL

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