Sound and Religion Workshop

American Academy of Religion
November 22, 2019
San Diego, CA

The American Religious Sounds Project will host a day-long workshop on sound and the academic study of religion in conjunction with the 2019 annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion. The workshop is designed for individuals interested in incorporating sound into their research, teaching, and community engagement. We imagine sound as either object of research and/or medium for sharing that research. The workshop will include presentations from scholars and artists, seminar-style discussions, and interactive activities. The cost of the workshop, including lunch and a concluding reception, is covered by a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation. Additionally, we will award travel scholarships to emerging scholars to defray the cost of attendance. Registration is limited to the first 25 participants. To participate, select this workshop when registering for the Annual Meeting. Please indicate if you are an emerging scholar to request a scholarship.

If you have already registered for the Annual Meeting, you may contact to reserve a space in this workshop.


Coordinators: Rosalind I. J. Hackett, University of Tennessee; Finnian Moore-Gerrety, Brown University
American Religious Sounds Project Directors: Isaac Weiner, Ohio State University; Amy DeRogatis, Michigan State University
Keynote speaker: Ashon Crawley, University of Virginia
Artist presenter: Amy Cimini, University of San Diego

Jason Bivins, North Carolina State University
Finnian Moore-Gerrety, Brown University
Francis Stewart, Bishop Grosseteste University
Anandi Knuppel, Emory University

Travel Grants

Due: August 1, 2019
Notification: September 1, 2019

Thanks to generous funding support from the Henry Luce Foundation, the American Religious Sounds Project will award five $750 Travel Grants to registered participants to defray the cost of attending the Sound and Religion 2019 AAR Pre-conference Workshop. Applicants should be emerging scholars (graduate students, post-docs, and/or those who have earned a PhD within the last five years) who can demonstrate that they are prioritizing and exploring sound and religion in innovative ways through ongoing or planned research, publication, teaching, critical media practice, community outreach, and/or professional activity. Preference will be given to early career scholars who lack institutional travel support.


  • Resume (1 page)
  • Statement of no more than 250 words summarizing their engagement with sound and religion and explaining how participation in the workshop fits into their academic/pedagogical/creative trajectory.
  • Indicate any additional funding sources (including from the AAR), if applicable.

Compile all written materials into a single PDF and email it as an attachment to with “AAR Travel Grant” in the subject line.