Religion and Popular Music - Book Release

  • Date: –15:00
  • Location: Humanistiska teatern
  • Organiser: Uppsala Religion and Society Research Centre and Faculty of Theology
  • Contact person: Sabina Hadzibulic
  • Föreläsning

Editor Andreas Häger (Åbo akademi) and several authors Sabina Hadzibulic (Uppsala University), David Emil Wickström (Popakademie Baden-Württemberg, Germany) and Thomas Bossius (University of Gothenburg, Sweden) will present and discuss the volume "Religion and Popular Music. Artists, Fans, Culture" with invited commentators. More details to follow.

Through in-depth case studies, Religion and Popular Music explores encounters between music, fans and religion. The book examines several popular music artists - including Bob Dylan, Prince and Katy Perry - and looks at the way religion comes into play in their work and personas. Genres explored by contributing authors include country, folk, rock, metal and Electronic Dance Music. Case studies in the book originate from a variety of geographic and cultural contexts, focusing on topics such as nationalism and hard rock in Russia, fan culture in Argentina, and punk and Islam in Indonesia.

Chapters engage with the central issue of how global music meets local audiences and practices, and considers how fans as well as religious groups react to the uses of religion in popular music. It also looks at how they make these interactions between popular music and religion components in their own identity, community and practice.

Tapping into a vital and lively topic of teaching, research and wider cultural interest, and employing diverse methodologies across musicians, fans and religious groups, this book is an important contribution to the growing field of religion and popular music studies.

Authors of several chapters in the volume present their research and these presentations are followed by discussion of questions which the book raises from a number of different perspectives.

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The event will be followed by mingle with refreshments