Healing in African and African Diasporic religions encompasses a wide variety of rituals and practices. Rites of healing can involve allopathic, homoeopathic, and therapeutic measures that pertain to the individual as well as the collective. Healing rites linked with the arts may seek to return a person to a previous state of health, or usher them into a new state of being. In much of Africa and the African Diaspora, healers offer holistic remedies to treat people’s physical ailments, social conditions, and psychological states. Studying healing and the arts thus serves as a lens to study identities of self, community, and society more generally.

The Yale Institute of Sacred Music invites proposals for papers, presentations, and artistic performances that address topics including, but not limited to:

Expanding definitions of the healing arts, illness, and unwellness
Arts of healing and baptism/initiation
Arts of healing and mortuary rites
Healing as experienced transnationally and in the digital world
Healing arts and the senses (inclusive of extra-sensory modes)
Therapeutic arts of music, dance, and performance
Medicine, materiality, and the arts
Relationships between healing, religion, and the medical sciences
The various identities of healers

Proposal deadline: September 15, 2021
Conference: May 16–18, 2022

NOTE: Accepted presenters and performers in attendance will receive an allowance to help defray the cost of travel to New Haven. Also, they will be provided hotel accommodations and several meals at the conference.