"God and Music" – a pre-conference symposium
Wednesday 9th April
3pm Paul Mealor, Professor of Composition, University of Aberdeen
‘Composing sacred music in 21st century: opportunities and challenges’
8pm (in Miller Chapel)
A Sacred Bridge: A Cappella Church Music from the Renaissance and the 21st Century
Featuring the Choral Ensemble Fuma Sacra under the direction of Andrew Megill
Thursday 10th April
10am Gordon Graham, Henry Luce III Professor of Philosophy and the Arts, PTS
‘A Philosophy of Sacred Music’ Respondent, John D Wivliet Calvin Institute of Christian Worship
Abraham Kuyper Annual Conference
"Philosophy, Worship and Art"
PRINCETON, NEW JERSEY
April 10-12, 2014
Abraham Kuyper (1837–1920) — Dutch pastor, theologian, journalist, and politician — was instrumental in the revival of Calvinism as a worldview worthy of practical allegiance and sustained critical reflection. In 1898 he visited Princeton and delivered the Stone Lectures that year, his famous Lectures on Calvinism.
Kuyper was strongly influenced at an early stage by German Idealist philosophy. Though his later thought had a more markedly theological character, philosophical influences continued to show themselves, especially in relation to his views on art and worship. This conference will explore the philosophical frontiers of worship and art, giving special attention to the divergent perspectives that such a theme inevitably involves.
Kuyper Prize Lecture
Dr Nicholas Wolterstorff, Yale University
Conference Plenary I
‘Philosophy’ --- Dr Andrew Chignel, Dept of Philosophy, Cornell University
Conference Plenary II
‘Worship’ --- Dr John D Witvliet, Calvin Institute of Christian Worship
Conference Plenary III
‘Art’ --- Dr Lisa DeBoer, Professor of Art, Westmont College
PAPER PROPOSALS are invited. These need not be focussed on Abraham Kuyper, any may be on any aspect of the general theme. Papers selected for inclusion will run concurrently. In addition, each block of concurrent sessions will include a session reserved for a graduate student paper. Graduate Student Awards are available for student presenters to assist with the cost of travel and lodging.
Proposals should take the form of an abstract of not more than 300 words and be submitted as an email attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org by December 1, 2013. Decisions will be announced by early January 2014. All accepted papers will be considered for publication in the Kuyper Center Review Volume 6, to be published in 2016.