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Sing after God a New Song. Ritual-Musical Appropriations of Psalms in Dutch Culture between 1990-2020

Keywords: Psalms, ritual-musical appropriation, (collective) identity, power, contemporary culture

Abstract

In the Netherlands, traditional churches and religious institutions are losing ground, as is the case in the rest of western Europe. Religion changes and traditional religious forms migrate to other realms, sometimes to return to ecclesial contexts again. In this article, we present a research project on ritual-musical appropriations of psalms in contemporary Dutch culture. The concept of ritual-musical appropriations implies this is a social, and sometimes collective, process of meaning-making, which raises questions relating to formations of community, identity, and the power relations which structure and are structured by this very process.

Author Biographies

Henk Vogel

Henk Vogel, MA is PhD student at the Protestant Theological University (Amsterdam, the Netherlands). His research investigates the ritual-musical appropriation of Psalms in contemporary culture of the ‘Low Countries’ (the Netherlands and Flanders).

Mirella Klomp

Dr. Mirella Klomp is assistant professor of Practical Theology at the Protestant Theological University (Amsterdam, the Netherlands). She specializes in ritual and liturgical studies.

Marcel Barnard

Prof. dr. Marcel Barnard is professor of Practical Theology at the Protestant Theological University (Amsterdam, the Netherlands), was professor of Liturgical Studies at VU University in Amsterdam (2004-2019), and has been Professor Extraordinary of Practical Theology at the University of Stellenbosch (South Africa) since 2011.

Published
2019-12-31
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