7 p.m. - Zoom
Join Dr. Alisha Lola Jones on February 15, 22 & 23 for three virtual presentations on the theme "God Don't Need No Matches, He's Fire All By Himself": Black Musical Masculinities and the Art of Enflaming Worship.

Faith & Life Lecture Series

February 15, 2021
7:00 PM

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Three virtual presentations on the theme:

"God Don't Need No Matches, He's Fire All By Himself": Black Musical Masculinities and the Art of Enflaming Worship
Dr. Alisha Lola Jones

This series explores "Flaming?," Dr. Jones' new book that examines the rituals and social interactions of African American men who use gospel music-making as a means of worshiping God and performing gendered identities.

Prompted by the popular term "flaming" that is used to identify over-the-top or peculiar performance of identity, she argues that these men wield and interweave a variety of multivalent, aural-visual cues, including vocal style, gesture, attire and homiletics, to position themselves along a spectrum of gender identities.

Through a progression of transcongregational case studies, "Flaming?" observes the ways in which African American men traverse tightly knit social networks to negotiate their identities through and beyond the worship experience.

Series Schedule

Monday, February 15 at 7 p.m.
"I am Delivert!": Black Musical Masculinities and The Art of Enflaming Worship

Monday, February 22 at 7 p.m.
"Men Don't Sing High": Black Musical Masculinities and The Art of Enflaming Worship

Tuesday, February 23 at 7 p.m.
Panel discussion: "Conversations about Worship Identity & Theology"

About Dr. Alisha Lola Jones

Alisha Lola Jones, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology at Indiana University (Bloomington). Jones is an incoming board member of the Society for Ethnomusicology (SEM), a member of the strategic planning task force for the American Musicological Society (AMS) and a co-chair of the Music and Religion Section of the American Academy of Religion (AAR).

Additionally, as a performer-scholar, she consults museums, conservatories, seminaries and arts organizations on curriculum, live and virtual event programming, and content development. Jones’ book, "Flaming?: The Peculiar Theopolitics of Fire and Desire in Black Male Gospel Performance," (Oxford University Press) breaks ground by analyzing the role of gospel music making in constructing and renegotiating gender identity among black men.

Her research interests extend to global pop music, musics of the African diaspora, music and food, the music industry and the marketplace, and anti-oppressive ways of listening to black women. For more information, please visit DrAlisha.com.

Due to COVID-19, this year's Faith & Life Lecture Series will be held virtually. Feel free to attend any or all events.

Registration is required. For your convenience, you only need to register once to receive Zoom links for all three events.

For more information, please call 440-826-2193.

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