Arvo Pärt and Contemporary Spirituality

Announcement and Call for Papers


Arvo Pärt and Contemporary Spirituality Conference

Boston University, March 26 and 27, 2010


Conference website:


To celebrate the 75th birthday of Arvo Pärt (born 11 September, 1935), Boston University is hosting a conference entitled ‘Arvo Pärt and Contemporary Spirituality’. Jointly promoted by the School of Theology and the School of Music, with cooperation from CAS/GRS and the Boston University Humanities Foundation, the conference will examine Pärt’s music using and developing cross-disciplinary methodologies drawing on media studies, theological studies and different analytical approaches to music. By working on issues of interpretation it endeavors to bridge the traditional gap between scholars and performers, and it directly addresses the largest group of people who come across Pärt’s music: the audience.


Abstracts of around 300 words are invited on any topic related to Pärt’s music. Papers will be 25 minutes long followed by a 10 minutes Q&A. Please send your abstract by 1 October 2009 to the conference administrator (details below). Please include your name, contact information and institutional affiliation (if any). Abstracts will be reviewed anonymously. Conference sessions will be grouped around themes which might include: Pärt’s life and works, analyzing and defining ‘tintinnabula’, Pärt and contemporary culture, Pärt and contemporary spirituality, Pärt and film music.



1 October 2009            Abstracts due

1 November 2009            Notification of successful abstracts

1 December 2009            Finalization of conference program

1 March 2010                        Circulation of papers by attendees


Program Committee

Andrew Shenton, Chair (Boston University)

Sander van Maas (University of Amsterdam)

Robert Sholl (Thames Valley University, London)

Karen Westerfield Tucker (Boston University School of Theology)

Jeremy Yudkin (Boston University College of Fine Arts / College of Arts and Sciences)


Conference administrator (to whom all questions should be addressed and all abstracts sent): Holly Reed []