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Black Sacred Arts: Annual Conference Series

Beginning in 2022, the Yale Institute of Sacred Music will launch a series of annual conferences to study the music, ritual, and related arts of religious cultures of the Black Atlantic and beyond. Each meeting in this conference series will convene an interdisciplinary group of scholars, artists, and practitioners around a theme central to the research of Black expressive cultures to facilitate discussion across a number of regions, disciplines, and forms of ritual and religious practice. The interactions in this series hope to highlight, uncover, and engage links between Africa, the Americas, the circum-Caribbean and beyond, drawing on influential studies of Black Atlantic religions but also eager to discover new locations in the fields of Black religion and the arts. The disciplinary ground that this conference series aims to engage is similarly broad, as we seek perspectives from historical study, ethnographic research, performance analysis, and fields studying the links between liturgy, religion and the related arts. The conversations envisioned in this series will place Black thought, worship, and practice in dialogue with multi-religious perspectives that are linked with the arts.