Academic journal article The Hymn

Research Director's Report

Academic journal article The Hymn

Research Director's Report

Article excerpt

In the last issue, I wrote about sustaining the legacy of traditional hymnody as well as extending the boundaries of congregational song practice in the present. To that end, the scope for the Emerging Scholars Forum has been finetuned to strengthen the latter.

The Emerging Scholars Forum (ESF) is a distinctive offering within the annual Hymn Society conference. Unlike our conference sectionals, the ESF seeks to nurture and offer graduate students and those who have recently graduated the opportunity to showcase their research findings. It is intentionally academic in outlook and purpose. It is one event within the Annual Conference where we purposefully seek to stretch the boundary of congregational song in its theology, practice, philosophy, history and other contextual markers. Embedded 'within the Annual Conference, the ESF is a platform that offers the selected presenters the unique opportunity to have their work scrutinized by a diverse group of people including seasoned scholars, graduate students, and practitioners who have an interest in learning what is at the forefront of congregational song research.

To that end, applicants prepare an abstract which is then reviewed by a panel of four adjudicators chaired by the Director of Research. The best three proposals are selected. The presenters are then invited to formally present their findings at the Forum. Thereafter, one of them is awarded 'with the prize that recognizes his or her contribution to furthering research in congregational song. …

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