Academic journal article The Hymn

Displays of Scholarship

Academic journal article The Hymn

Displays of Scholarship

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!Emerging Scholars Forum

One of the highlights of my experience at St. Olaf last summer was attending the Emerging Scholars Forum. This forum focuses on completed or nearly-completed research at the graduate level. As you may recall, Jennifer Baker-Trinity, Erika Hirsch, and Charlie Steele were chosen last year, after a competitive selection process, to present their research at the St. Olaf conference. What a tremendously positive experience it was for those who attended the Emerging Scholars sectional to see the strength of current scholarship in hymnology, and I do hope all of you enjoyed Erika Hirsch's corresponding article that was published in the Autumn 2009 issue of The Hymn. According to the feedback from the conference at St. Olaf, support for this forum was unanimous and encouraging.

The deadline for the 2010 Emerging Scholars Forum is April 1. Current graduate students and those who have graduated within the past three years are invited to submit proposals related to their research on congregational song. Three presentations, each strictly limited to fifteen minutes with five minutes added for questions, will be featured during a sectional event at the annual conference. One of the three presentations will be considered for publication in The Hymn. Applicants are asked to submit a 3 00 -word abstract, along with complete contact information including e-mail and postal address, and a letter of support from someone in a position to comment on the applicant's scholarly qualifications. Applications will be reviewed by a three-member committee. More details can also be found on The Hymn Society's Web site under the "Research" section.

Rese arch -In -Progress Poster Session

Based on several conversations I had at St. Olaf, it soon became clear that as rewarding as the Emerging Scholars Forum was, there was still a need for structured time for researchers to discuss ongoing work, to mentor and be mentored, and to engage with researchers with similar interests. In much the same way as our tunewriters and textwriters have annual sectionals in which to discuss their work, there seemed to be a desire for a research-based sectional for works in progress, to allow time for reflection, collaboration, and guidance. …

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