The fifth Bethlehem Conference on Moravian History and Music will take place Oct. 27-29, 2016, on the campus of Moravian College and Moravian Theological Seminary.
Scholars, musicians, historians and Moravian enthusiasts will convene in Bethlehem to explore the latest research on a wide range of Moravian topics. The weekend will be filled with events for anyone interested in Moravian culture and heritage.
Activities will begin on Thursday, Oct. 27 with lectures and a meeting of Moravian archivists from Europe and America, followed by the Walter Vivian Moses Lecture. The conference will continue with lectures, concerts and recitals, and tours of museums and historic buildings in Bethlehem and Nazareth throughout the weekend. The conference will conclude with a banquet Saturday evening. The annual meeting and lecture of the Moravian Historical Society will also take place during the weekend.
The program committee is now welcoming proposals for individual papers, panels, lecture recitals and reports on current research projects regarding any topic related to Moravian music and history from the fifteenth to twenty-first centuries. Special consideration will be given to the following:
- 275 years of the City of Bethlehem, its music and history (Bethlehem celebrates its 275th anniversary in 2016).
- Moravian encounters with friends and strangers.
The full call for papers can be found at www.moravianconferences.org. Proposals can be submitted until March 31, 2016 through that conference website.
The program committee will notify accepted applicants by May 1. A limited number of grants for housing and travel costs is available. We encourage submissions from undergraduate students for whom there will be special panels and poster sessions.
The conference is sponsored by the Moravian Archives, Moravian College, and the Center for Moravian Studies, in partnership with the Moravian Music Foundation, Moravian Historical Society, Moravian Theological Seminary, and Historic Bethlehem Partnership. n
From the January/February 2016 Moravian Magazine