International Centre for the Study of Music in the Low Countries

Call for Papers - Music and Theology in the European Reformations

KU Leuven, House of Polyphony, 19–21 September 2012

Organised by the KU Leuven Department of Musicology, the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, and the Alamire Foundation.

The intention of this conference is to bring together theologians, biblical scholars, historians, and musicologists to promote fruitful interdisciplinary debate between these parallel areas of specialisation, focussed upon the question of the musical and liturgical outcomes of the various strands of the Reformation of the sixteenth century: Lutheran, Calvinist, Catholic, and Radical.

Papers, of around 30 minutes, are invited on all relevant topics. Doctoral students, for whom a special session will be organised, are particularly encouraged. Themes that may be considered include:

• Current issues in the historiography of the European Reformations
• Developments in Biblical exegesis in the sixteenth century and their musical outcomes
• The musical impact of the Lutheran Reformation
• The musical impact of the Calvinist Reformation
• The musical impact of the Catholic Reformation
• Music in the Radical Reformations
• Music, liturgy and ritual in the European Reformations
• Music and early Christian literature in the sixteenth century: the Sibylline oracles, the Ancient Theology and the revival of ancient music

Invited speakers include:

• Andrew Pettegree (St Andrews)
• Maarten Wisse (VU Amsterdam)
• Inga Groote (Zurich)
• Robin Leaver (Rider College, emeritus)
• Risto Saarinen (Helsinki)
• Thomas Schmidt-Beste (Bangor)
• Hyun-Ah Kim (Toronto)
• Michael Questier (Queen Mary, London)
• Katelijne Schiltz (LMU, Munich)
• Nils Holger Petersen (Copenhagen)
• Henk Jan de Jonge (Leiden, emeritus)
• Frank Dobbins (Goldsmith’s College, London, emeritus)

The preferred language of the conference is English, but other languages will also be considered. A published proceedings is planned. The conference will take place at the “House of Polyphony,” the newly renovated headquarters of the Alamire Foundation, at the Norbertine Abbey of Park, on the outskirts of Leuven. Registration, covering conference materials, light refreshments and admission to a concert on the evening of 20 September, will be EUR 80 (free to students and members of KULeuven).

Abstracts should be sent to Grantley McDonald ( before 15 May 2012.

Local organising committee:

David Burn, KULeuven
Peter De Mey, KULeuven
Grantley McDonald, KULeuven
Joseph Verheyden, KULeuven