Academic journal article The Hymn

Research Director's Report

Academic journal article The Hymn

Research Director's Report

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The Emerging Scholars Forum (ESF) is a program of The Hymn Society established to nurture the next generation of scholars in congregational song. Convened within the annual summer conference of The Society, the ESF showcases research efforts that are typically offered by persons familiar with the field of congregational song and seeking to enlarge it.

As we approach spring, the time for starting the next round of ESF is upon us. So I would like to take this opportunity to review this work of The Society in showcasing scholars in our field and to personally invite you to consider participating in this event or to encourage your students to participate in this opportunity. Interested participants will need to submit their abstracts (no more than 300 words) by 1 April, 2016. Keep in mind that the invited panel of reviewers would be keen to look at abstracts that are guided by the following parameters: practice, philosophy (theology), history, and/ or context of congregational song. Equally exciting to our reviewers would be research proposals that demonstrate an interdisciplinary framework and/or are substantiated by a methodological approach.

Submitted abstracts are blind-reviewed by a panel consisting of the three members of The Society together with the Editor of The Hymn. The Director of Research serves as the administrator of this process. Abstracts are commented on and ranked and then the authors of the top three essays are asked to submit their 6,000-wrord essay by May 31st and are invited to attend the summer conference to make a presentation of their paper. When the essays are received, these are blind-reviewed, commented on, and ranked. …

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