Transept at St. Andrews Theology and Trauma Conference

Transept was a co-sponsor of, and contributed artwork to, the 2019 Theology and Trauma conference at the University of St. Andrews. Other sponsors included the LOGOS Institute for Analytic and Exegetical Theology here at St. Mary’s.

This conference took place between 12-13 of July 2019 at Holy Trinity in St. Andrews and was free for all registrants.

Further details regarding the conference can be found, here.

 

 

Annunciations: Sacred Music for the Twenty-First Century

Dr. George Corbett has published a collaborative volume, titled Annunciations: Sacred Music for the Twenty-First Century, which recently grew out of ITIA’s Theo-Artistry Project. 

A major work on sacred music, composition, biblical studies, and religious experience, Annunciationsprovides an indispensable resource for scholars and artists working at the interface between theology and the arts, and for those involved in sacred music […] It will also be of interest to anyone concerned with the ways in which the Divine communicates through word and artistry to humanity.”


Excerpt from Annunciation’s Abstract:

“Our contemporary culture is communicating ever-increasingly through the visual, through film, and through music. This makes it ever more urgent for theologians to explore the resources of art for enriching our understanding and experience of the Judeo-Christian tradition. Annunciations: Sacred Music for the Twenty-First Century answers this need, evaluating the relationship between the sacred and the composition, performance, and appreciation of music.

Through the theme of ‘annunciations’, this volume interrogates how, when, why, through and to whom God communicates in the Old and New Testaments. In doing so, it tackles the intimate relationship between Scriptural reflection and musical practice in the past, its present condition, and what the future might hold.Annunciations comprises three parts. Part I sets out flexible theological and compositional frameworks for a constructive relationship between the sacred and music. Part II presents the reflections of theologians and composers involved in collaborating on new pieces of sacred choral music, alongside the six new scores and links to the recordings. Part III considers the reality of programming and performing sacred works today.”


Review from Dr Jeremy Thurlow, University of Cambridge:

“This fascinating volume draws together contributions from a wide range of theologians and practising musicians to consider the ways that theology and belief can interact with the practice and appreciation of music, to mutually invigorating effect. It is an impressive and exciting achievement and I am sure it will be read eagerly by all those for whom music can illuminate the sacred.”

For an interview with Dr. George Corbett on the volume, see the following link with OpenBook Publishers, here.


Publication details

Corbett, George (ed.). Annunciations: Sacred Music for the Twenty-First Century (Cambridge: Open Book Publishers, 2019), 392 pp.

ISBN (Electronic): 9781783747283, 9781783747290, 9781783747306, 9781783747313
ISBN (Print): 9781783747269, 9781783747276

The volume is available in hardback, paperback and open book formats.


You may also be interested in the following resources:
Introduction to TheoArtistryhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ow5sumd_DrI
CD launch: Annunciations: Sacred Music for the 21st Century: https://vimeo.com/275786342

space()between | Transept Exhibition for Holy Week 2019

During Holy Week 2019 (14 – 18 April), Transept organised and put on a multi-format art exhibition, with emphasis on Holy Saturday as it serves as the “threshold between Good Friday which marks Jesus’ execution, and Easter Sunday which brings the hope of Resurrection.”

The following links, covering aspects of the Exhibition, may be of interest:

Art Exhibition Focuses on Mystery of Easter

Reflections on ‘space()between’ with ITIA artist-in-residence, Dan Drage, and St. Andrews’ artist, Letizia Morley.

Ewan Bowlby’s article, ‘Fragile Forms–Reflections on space()between and the Art of Holy Saturday’ for Transpositions.

Performance programme can be accessed, here.

 

 

 

 

Rilke and Eliot Symposium

In March 2019, Professor Judith Wolfe (ITIA) and Professor Thomas Pfau (Duke) convened a four-day colloquium on R.M. Rilke’s Duino Elegies and T.S. Eliot’s Four Quartets. Comprised of a small gathering of theologians, philosophers and literary scholars, the colloquium included ITIA’s Director, Dr. Gavin Hopps, Christoph Schwöbel (St. Andrews, Divinity), Rowan Williams (Cambridge), Malcolm Guite (Cambridge),Kevin Hart (Virginia), and David Wellbery (Chicago).

For further details, see the following reflection on the event, here.

The Extravagance of Music

A major work on music and religious experience brings new insights to the field of theology and the arts.

Professor David Brown and Dr Gavin Hopps examine the overlooked theological dimensions of music in a new publication entitled The Extravagance of Music.

The volume is available in hardback and e-book formats, with a free online preview on the publisher’s website.


Excerpt from the publisher’s description:

“This book explores the ways in which music can engender religious experience, by virtue of its ability to evoke the ineffable and affect how the world is open to us. Arguing against approaches that limit the religious significance of music to an illustrative function, The Extravagance of Music sets out a more expansive and optimistic vision, which suggests that there is an ‘excess’ or ‘extravagance’ in both music and the divine that can open up revelatory and transformative possibilities.”


Publication details

David Brown and Gavin Hopps, The Extravagance of Music, Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018. Foreword by Frank Burch Brown (pp.v-xvii).

Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-319-91817-4
e-Book ISBN: 91818-1

Call for survey participants

As part of ITIA’s innovative research, we are pleased to share the following call for participants for a survey on progressive rock and spirituality.

Hello! My name is Kimberley Anderson and I’m a PhD student in Theology and the Arts at the University of St Andrews. My thesis explores how certain forms of progressive rock might be connected to spiritual or religious experience. To make my project as accurate as possible, I am gathering first-hand accounts of how listeners experience this music, and I would be delighted to hear from you if you have anything to say about this combination of ideas.

This month I am running a survey that is open to people of all backgrounds, beliefs and persuasions, as long as they are over 18 years of age and interested in progressive rock. My definition of progressive rock is very flexible, so please do not be put off if you only have experience with a few bands which fit loosely into this category.

It starts with some quick, general questions about how you perceive and experience prog rock, and moves on to ask participants to describe, where possible, specific kinds of experience related to progressive rock and spirituality. It can be completed online via the link below and, all in all, should only take 15-20 minutes of your time. Your answers will be treated confidentially, but there is also the option to leave your email address in case you are willing to keep in touch and perhaps answer any more questions (this would be extremely helpful!).

PhD Researcher: Kimberley Jane Anderson, University of St Andrews, kja2@st-andrews.ac.uk
Supervisor: Dr Gavin Hopps, University of St Andrews, grh10@st-andrews.ac.uk

Dr Rebekah Lamb appointed to ITIA lectureship

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Dr Rebekah Lamb to a new lectureship in Theology & the Arts at the School of Divinity, University of St Andrews, starting in August 2018.

Dr Lamb is currently a Gilson post-doctoral fellow at the University of St Michael’s College in the University of Toronto. Her research specialization is in Pre-Raphaelite art and poetry.

She is currently completing a book with McGill-Queen’s University Press on boredom as a distinctive, emerging modern experience of time in the Victorian period, and on theological and aesthetic dimensions and responses to that experience. She has recently published on Christina Rossetti’s theology of boredom, Chesterton and the Distributist Movement, and Dietrich von Hildebrand’s Liturgy and Personality.

Dr Lamb will be working in the School’s Institute for Theology, Imagination and the Arts alongside Dr Gavin Hopps (Senior Lecturer in Theology and Literature), Prof. Judith Wolfe (Professor of Philosophical Theology), and Dr George Corbett (Lecturer in Theology, Imagination and the Arts). She will contribute to the Institute’s expanded provision in undergraduate teaching and graduate distance learning, and to its creative and outreach initiatives.

‘After the Call’ exhibition

ITIA artists invite you to examine with them what happens after the call.

The Transept – a group of practicing artists within the Institute for Theology, Imagination and the Arts (ITIA) – invites you to join us for an upcoming performance and exhibition.

‘After the Call’ offers space and time for celebration and reflection around the notion of being called unexpectedly to something unknown, or perhaps to something all-too-familiar that we suddenly realise.


6-15 April 2018

Venue open from 12:00 to 17:00 each day.

Performance evening on 11th April at 19:00 – engaging and interdisciplinary performance with music, poetry and monologues.

Location: Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Queens Terrace, St Andrews KY16 9QF