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Ritual's Musicality: Music as Innate to Bodies at Worship

Thursday, January 18, 2018,
  • Location: Vanderbilt Divinity School • 411 21st Avenue South • Nashville, TN 37240
  • Room: G-20 (ground floor)

January 18, 2018 - Noon - 1PM - Room G-20 Divinity School

Ritual's Musicality: Music as Innate to Bodies at Worship

Special Lecture by Dr. Bruce T. Morrill, S.J.

Whereas people widely recognize from experience that music enlivens Christian liturgy and other types of corporate worship, explaining and exploiting scientifically and theologically why that is the case has proven a difficult—but increasingly rewarding—challenge. This lecture will review key findings on the bodily effects (as opposed to simply attending to the texts and language) of ritual song, as well as silence, as these prove constitutive of the shared human action of divine worship.