Hymnology conference

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  • 19 to 20 October 2013
  • The New Room and the Victoria Rooms, University of Bristol

Keynote Speaker

  • Professor Jeremy Dibble


The CANTERBURY DICTIONARY OF HYMNOLOGY LAUNCH CONFERENCE will celebrate the publication of the Canterbury Dictionary of Hymnology. The dictionary has been edited by J.R. Watson (Professor Emeritus, University of Durham) and Emma Hornby (Senior Lecturer in Music, University of Bristol). The first Dictionary of Hymnology was published in 1892 (with a supplementary update in 1907) and was the work of the hymnologist John Julian.

The present publication is a significant achievement as the first successful completion of a new Dictionary of Hymnology for over a hundred years, a huge task previously considered impossible (several editors of earlier attempts died without completing the task).

Such a landmark publication deserves a celebration! This conference aims to mark the occasion by bringing together the world’s authorities on different aspects of the field of hymnology thereby showcasing recent scholarship in the field. Speakers from all over the world have been invited to attend: New Zealand, South Korea, United States of America, Europe, Canada, and the United Kingdom.

We look forward to welcoming to Bristol delegates from the British Isles; and we are hoping for good representation from overseas. There will also be several dignitaries in attendance: the evensong preacher will be Timothy Dudley-Smith, retired bishop, eminent hymnologist and hymnwriter; and the Canterbury Press is inviting prominent academics and figures from the media and literary world to attend the launch

Supported by:



The Bristol Institute for Research in the Humanities and Arts



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