Call for Submissions - 17.1, "Music & Faith"

This is the first call for submissions for the Spring/Summer 2021 issue of SEM Student News. 

This new issue, vol. 17, no.1, will focus on the theme of Music & Faith. While there are many resources that

 explore the powerful and important interactions between music and religious practice, we seek to open up 

this issue to expressions of faith and faith-based practice that occur both within and outside of religious 

contexts, encompassing a broad field of belief, meditation/mindfulness, and ethics. Possible topics for sub-

-missions include:  

  • Music-making as a practice of embodied faith in self, other, shared community, philosophy, 

    or higher power

  • Musical expressions of faith-fullness.

  • Faith in structures, collaborators, mentors, and fields of study

  • Faith in/trust of academia, students, and teaching strategies

  • Defining and circumscribing musical expression in religious/faith-based practice

  • Dynamics between faith communities and their music 

  • Faithfulness in musical reproduction and performance 

We will further review submissions from both students and working scholars, and generally there will be 

multiple rounds of editing and feedback prior to publication.


Authors are encouraged to submit pieces in a variety of media. Submissions may be written, photographic, or

multimedia (written with visual, audio, and/or video components). We particularly solicit audio/visual contribu-

tions to correspond with the theme for this issue. We are currently accepting submissions for the following 


- Original photography or artwork related to the issue’s theme [with attendant permissions and 

appropriately publishable captions, which must be submitted with the images]

- Student submissions: 

Student articles (c. 500–1500 words) [related or unrelated to the theme of the issue]

Student response column (c. 500–1500 words) [responding to a previous issue of SEM Student News 

or something else in the world of ethnomusicology today]

- Professional submissions:

For our “Dear SEM” column (c. 500-750 words) [related to the issue’s theme and responding to the 

following prompt: “Religion and faith-based fieldwork often connects with very personal concepts of selfhood, 

morality, mortality, community, and the sensorium. How do you approach research on this delicate level as 

you build trust with your community partners/interlocutors; and how do you approach discussions of religion/

faith and music in academic settings with students who may or may not share faith-based views?”

Individual articles (c. 500–1000 words) [related or unrelated to the issue’s theme, and speaking toward 

student interests, concerns, experiences, opportunities, etc.]

If you would like to submit a piece for this issue, please contact the editor at 

We also welcome any other ideas, comments, and questions. Submissions must follow Chicago Manual of 

Style, 17th edition (author-date)—attention to style is crucial for acceptance. Files should be submitted in 

.docx (text), .jpg (photography and images), .mp3 or .flac (audio), and .mp4 (video) formats no later than  

June 25th, 2021. Be sure to include your contact information and university affiliation in your email. 

Please feel free to share this call widely.


(Image Caption: Inside Clare College Chapel, Cambridge, in a rehearsal during The King's Singers Summer School, July 2019. Fieldwork photo by Eugenia Siegel Conte.)

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