Fellows’ Bookshelf

Hugo Méndez (2015 –2016 Fellow)
Oxford University Press, 2023

As the site of only a small and obscure Christian population between 135 and 313 CE, Jerusalem witnessed few instances of anti-Christian persecution. This fact became a source of embarrassment to the city in late antiquity—a period when martyr traditions, relics, and shrines were closely... read full description

Michelle Karnes (2018–2019 Fellow)
The University of Chicago Press, 2022

Marvels like enchanted rings and sorcerers’ stones were topics of fascination in the Middle Ages, not only in romance and travel literature but also in the period’s philosophical writing. Rather than constructions of belief accepted only by simple-minded people, Michelle Karnes shows that these... read full description

Eben Graves (2015 –2016 Fellow)
Indiana University Press, 2022
How do the temporal features of sacred music affect social life in South Asia? Due to new time constraints in commercial contexts, devotional musicians in Bengal have adapted longstanding features of musical time linked with religious practice to promote their own musical careers.  The... read full description
Baby Varghese (2012–2013 Fellow)
Harrassowitz Verlag Publishers, 2021

The present study is an overview of the general development of the Syriac liturgical traditions until the end of the 13th century. It traces some of the aspects of the encounter between Syriac Christianity and its surrounding cultural milieu. Literary genres and styles from the Early Jewish,... read full description

David Sperber (2018–2019 Fellow)
Magnes Press, 2021

This book examines the nature, methods, and contribution of Jewish feminist art to the various spheres of art, society, and religion and proposes a theoretical framework for its understanding. The Jewish religious feminist art movement has developed since the late 1990s in the two major Jewish... read full description

Matthew Cohen (2018–2019 Fellow)
Yogyakarta, 2020

Wayang is not only a survival from the past but a living art with potential to speak directly to the current global climate change crisis. This sourcebook is intended for artists, activists, administrators, and culture lovers who wish to explore how wayang in the past and the most innovative... read full description

James Sykes (2016–2017 Fellow)
Duke University Press, 2019

The contributors to Remapping Sound Studies intervene in current trends and practices in sound studies by reorienting the field toward the global South. Attending to disparate aspects of sound in Africa, South and Southeast Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, Micronesia, and a Southern outpost... read full description

Cécile  Fromont (2013–2014 Fellow)
Penn State University Press, 2019

This volume demonstrates how, from the beginning of the Atlantic slave trade, enslaved and free Africans in the Americas used Catholicism and Christian-derived celebrations as spaces for autonomous cultural expression, social organization, and political empowerment. Their appropriation of... read full description

Melvin Butler (2012–2013 Fellow)
University of Illinois Press, 2019

Melvin L. Butler journeys into this crossing of boundaries and its impact on Jamaican congregations and the music they make. Using the concept of flow, Butler’s ethnography evokes both the experience of Spirit-influenced performance and the transmigrations that fuel the controversial... read full description

Andrew Albin (2015–2016 Fellow)
Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, 2018

The Melos amoris stands as the most daring literary achievement of medieval England’s most influential mystic, Richard Rolle. Full of autobiographical glimpses and spiritual rhapsodies, this sustained étude in alliterative, rhythmic Latin prose contains Rolle’s first public account of his... read full description

James Sykes (2016–2017 Fellow)
Oxford University Press, 2018

The Musical Gift tells Sri Lanka’s music history as a story of giving between humans and nonhumans, and between populations defined by difference. Author Jim Sykes argues that in the recent past, the genres we recognize today as Sri Lanka’s esteemed traditional musics were not... read full description

Barbara Haggh-Huglo (2017–2018 Fellow)
The Institute of Mediaeval Music, 2018

Introduction and edition by Barbara Haggh-Huglo.  Format: Musical Score.

This volume includes the first critical edition of the earliest of three medieval proper offices (historiae) to survive for St. Hilary of Poitiers (d. 368), bishop and oldest Western doctor of the Church,... read full description

Monique Ingalls (2014–2015 Fellow)
Oxford University Press, 2018

Contemporary worship music shapes the way evangelical Christians understand worship itself. Author Monique M. Ingalls argues that participatory worship music performances have brought into being new religious social constellations, or “modes of congregating”. Through exploration of five of these... read full description

Tala Jarjour (2015–2016 Fellow)
Oxford University Press, 2018

Sense and Sadness is an innovative study of music modality in relation to human emotion and the aesthetics of perception. It is also a musical story of survival through difficulty and pain. Focusing on chant at St George’s Syrian Orthodox Church of Aleppo, author Tala Jarjour puts forward... read full description

Ayla Lepine (2012–2013 Fellow)
Routledge, 2018

Social groups formed around shared religious beliefs encountered significant change and challenges between the 1860s and the 1970s. This book is the first collection of essays of its kind to take a broad, thematically-driven case study approach to this genre of architecture and its associated... read full description

Aaron Rosen (2011–2012 Fellow)
Routledge, 2018

“When you’re in New York” the sculptor Louise Nevelson once said, “you’re in perpetual resurrection.” She might have said the same thing about St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, set in the heart of midtown Manhattan. In the 1970s the church made a radical move, scrapping its neo-... read full description

M. Jennifer Bloxam (2013–2014 Fellow)
Lexington Books , 2017

This essay collection celebrates the richness of Christian musical tradition across its two thousand year history and across the globe. Opening with a consideration of the fourth-century lamp-lighting hymn Phos hilaron and closing with reflections on contemporary efforts of Ghanaian composers to... read full description

Harald Buchinger (2012–2013 Fellow)
Schnell & Steiner, 2017

Processions were of paramount importance for symbolic communication in medieval towns; in the dynamic performance of the religious rituals, not only theological meaning was expressed, but also social structures expressed, implemented, and occasionally questioned. The realms of sacred and profane... read full description

Daniel Chua (2014–2015 Fellow)
Oxford University Press, 2017

By exploring the musical philosophy of Theodor W. Adorno through a wide range of the composer’s music, Beethoven and Freedom arrives at a markedly different vision of freedom. Author Daniel KL Chua suggests that a more human and fragile concept of freedom can be found in the music that has... read full description

Daniel DiCenso (2013–2014 Fellow)
Boydell & Brewer, 2017
The influence of Rome on medieval plainsong and liturgy explored in depth.  Containing substantial new studies in music, liturgy, history, art history, and palaeography from established and emerging scholars, this volume takes a cross-disciplinary approach to one of the most celebrated and... read full description
Claire Pamment (2015 –2016 Fellow)
Palgrave Macmillan, 2017

This book explores comic performance in Pakistan through the vibrant Indo-Muslim tradition of the Punjabi bhānd which now holds a marginal space in contemporary weddings. With irreverent repartee, genealogical prowess, a topsy-turvy play with hierarchies and shape shifting, the low-status bhānd... read full description

David Stowe (2012–2013 Fellow)
Oxford University Press, 2016

Oft-referenced and frequently set to music, Psalm 137 - which begins “By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, yea, we wept, when we remembered Zion” - has become something of a cultural touchstone for music and Christianity across the Atlantic world. It has been a top single more than once... read full description

Ruth Davis (2010–2011 Fellow)
Rowman & Littlefield, 2015

The essays in Musical Exodus: Al-Andalus and its Jewish Diasporas extend beyond the music of medieval Iberia and its Mediterranean Jewish diasporas to wider aspects of Jewish-Christian and Jewish-Muslim relations. The authors offer new perspectives on theories of musical interaction,... read full description

Paul Bradshaw (2014–2015 Fellow)
Norwich: SCM-Canterbury Press, 2015

The ‘church orders’ of the patristic period, beginning with the Didache from Syria around 100 AD and running on for centuries from different regions of the Roman Empire and the East, have always attracted the interest of liturgical scholars, and have not infrequently then led to actual modern... read full description

Ayla Lepine (2012–2013 Fellow)
Courtauld Books Online, 2015

Revivalism in art, design and architecture is a foundational aspect of modernism, though it has often been overlooked. This volume seeks to investigate the diverse dimensions of revivalism, exploring its meanings and impacts across cultures and media between c.1850 and 1950. Bringing together... read full description

Aaron Rosen (2011–2012 Fellow)
Thames & Hudson, 2015

Contrary to the expectations of 20th-century rationalists, religion has not faded away in the 21st century, but roared back onto the scene with renewed vitality. This survey shows how religious themes and images continue to permeate the work of contemporary artists from across the globe. Some... read full description

Ronald Grimes (2011–2012 Fellow)
Oxford University Press, 2014

In religious studies, theory and method research has long been embroiled in a polarized debate over scientific versus theological perspectives. Ronald L. Grimes shows that this debate has stagnated, due in part to a manner of theorizing too far removed from the study of actual religious... read full description

Baby Varghese (2013–2014 Fellow)
Gorgias Press, 2014

Moses bar Kepha: Commentary on Myron is an important witness to the history of the West Syriac Liturgy. Fr. Baby Varghese has translated the Syriac text into English for the first time.

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Ruth Davis (2010–2011 Fellow)
A-R Editions, 2013

Edited volume with editorial introduction, notes, commentary, musical transcriptions, and transcriptions and translations of the Hebrew, Arabic (Palestinian), Judeo-Arabic and Coptic song texts. Accompanying 2-CD set of digitally restored metal disc recordings. Produced in collaboration with... read full description

Basilius Groen (2011–2012 Fellow)
Peeters Publishing House, 2013

This is a collection of seventeen selected papers from the Third International Congress of the Society of Oriental Liturgy, held in Volos, Greece, in 2010. The papers reflect studies on the Ethiopian, Georgian, Hagiopolite, Greek, Bulgarian, Slavonic, early Patristic, East Syriac and West Syriac... read full description

Basilius Groen (2011–2012 Fellow)
Hildesheim: Olms, 2012

On 31 April 311 Emperor Galerius issued an edict ending the persecution of Christians and giving the Christian cult official and legal recognition. This edict of tolerance represents a decisive turn in history. To mark the 1700th anniversary of this, the Faculty of Theology at Graz University... read full description