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Boston College to Host International Conference for Music Scholars on Early Modern Catholicism


CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. (7-10-14)—Music scholars from nine countries will convene at Boston College July 14-16 for “Listening to Early Modern Catholicism: New Perspectives from Musicology,” a conference that will demonstrate the unique insights that can be gained about Early Modern Catholicism (1500-1750) from the study of music and sound.  The conference, sponsored by the Jesuit Institute at Boston College and the University’s Music Department, will feature keynote addresses by historian and author John O’Malley, S.J., of Georgetown University and Professor of Music and author Robert L. Kendrick of the University of Chicago.

“Each conference participant will present her or his own perspective on a particular subject, such as catechism, popular piety, or spirituality, spotlighting the unique insights that might be garnered from the study of music and sound. We hope that this method will provide us with a broader framework to explore the musical notions that we are all so interested in as musicologists, and that it will also enhance the interdisciplinary relevance of our discussion, whose results we plan to publish as a book,” said Jesuit Institute Visiting Fellow Daniele V. Filippi, one of the conference organizers.  

Filippi, a musicologist from Italy who came to the Jesuit Institute to conduct research on "The Soundscape of Early Modern Catholicism", will present “Catechismum modulans docebat”: Teaching the Doctrine Through Singing in Early Modern Catholicism.

Another conference organizer, T. Frank Kennedy, S.J., rector of the Jesuit Community at Boston College, will chair a roundtable on Listening to the Early Modern Jesuits, which will examine the role of the Jesuits and their networks in the creation of Catholic soundscapes.

Music Department Chairman Professor Michael Noone, another conference organizer, will chair a session on identity, religious life, and confessional confrontation.

For a complete conference schedule and list of presenters, visit