Gospel Materialities is rooted in the tradition of Black Studies, which as a field has emphasized knowledge of Black people and the African diaspora inextricable from pedagogy and praxis that affirm Black self-determination and rejection of anti-Black racism in society.
We encourage teachers of this subject and practitioners of modern gospel to share how they teach about the archive and repertoire of gospel and Black religious traditions. A digital site is more useful than a handbook, for investigations of the material culture produced by, and which helped produce what historian and musicologist Mark Burford calls “the gospel field” that may include physical artifacts or resources utilizing a range of media formats. This site welcomes submissions that share courses in which this subject is considered, classroom assignments, or student/community submissions that explain some facet of this subject.
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