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Conference: Orthodoxy, Music , Politics and Art in Contemporary Russia and Eastern Europe, Goldsmiths, University of London, 16-17 March 2013‏


Centre for Russian Music, Goldsmiths, University of London


Orthodoxy, Music , Politics and Art in Contemporary Russia and Eastern Europe

16-17 March 2013

Organized by the Centre for Russian Music and the Department of History, Goldsmiths, University of London


"Orthodoxy, Music, Politics and Art in Contemporary Russia and Eastern Europe" is a two-day conference organized by the Centre for Russian Music and the Department of History at Goldsmiths, University of London, dedicated to the interaction between music, politics, the plastic arts and Orthodox Christianity from the beginning of the 20th century to the present.

Particular areas of interest include, but are not limited to: the expression and suppression of religious faith in the Soviet Union and Eastern Bloc countries; the role of faith in artistic expression since the fall of institutionalized communism; the spiritual/the sacred in music; chant as an element of musical vocabulary; the revival of sacred choral music, and politics and faith.

Papers should be no longer than 20 minutes in length, allowing for 10 minutes' discussion afterwards. Please send a 250-word abstract to russianmusicconference@gmail.com by 10 December 2012, including name, affiliation (if any) and contact mail. Please also send any enquiries to this address. The language of the Conference is English. The possibility of the publication of some or all the papers presented will be considered.

The Conference will include concerts by the English Chamber Choir and the Goldsmiths Chamber Choir.

The convenors of the Conference are Professor Alexander Ivashkin (Centre for Russian Music, Goldsmiths, University of London) and Rev. Dr Ivan Moody (CESEM - Universidade Nova, Lisbon).

The Keynote speaker is Rev. Dr Ivan Moody.