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Decolonization and the Study of Religion Workshop (DSRW) Series

Wednesday, February 22, 2023 16:00to18:00
Birks Building 3520 rue University, Montreal, QC, H3A 2A7, CA


The Committee for the Decolonization and the Study of Religion Workshop (DSRW) Series is delighted to invite both graduate students and faculty members to its third event: Decolonizing Religious Studies through Applied Music Pedagogies: Sound Games and Aesthetic Reclamations, facilitated by Professor Miranda Crowdus (Concordia University). We welcome all interested participants, whether or not you have been able to attend previous sessions.

The DSRW is a bi-monthly event series taking place throughout the Winter 2023 semester, organized by religious studies graduate students at both Concordia and McGill universities. Each month we will hold two events: a reading seminar and a skills-based workshop, each led by invited faculty speakers, graduate students, or community facilitators specializing in research methods, classroom relationships, pedagogy, and public scholarship. The DSRW aims to familiarize participants with emergent decolonial discourses; to equip them with praxis-informed decolonial skills that can be used both within and beyond the classroom; and to facilitate the application of decolonization and Indigenization strategies within religious studies at the departmental level.

In this workshop we will be playing with sound. Our activities will be underpinned by the ideas and frameworks in the following three readings:

  1. Burke Stanton, ‘Musicking the borders toward decolonizing methodologies,’ Philosophy of Music Education Review, 26 (1), Spring 2018, 4-23.
  2. Brandi Thompson Summers, “Reclaiming the chocolate city: soundscapes of gentrification and resistance in Washington, DC,” Society and Space, 39 (1), 2021, 30-46.
  3. Anne Karpf, “The human voice and the texture of experience,” Oral History, 42(2), Autumn 2014, 50-55.

Although this event is concerned with the study of religion, we invite anybody interested or curious, from any intellectual background, to join this discussion. No prior knowledge of or exposure to decolonial methods are necessary: it will be a space for all to learn and collaboratively envision how to think and do otherwise. Registration is required and limited: please secure your place at

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