German-language regional conferences

Currently, no multi-day German-speaking regional meeting is planned. However, the IAH Day takes place annually – formerly in Halle/Saale, since 2021 as a digital meeting. More information here.

Quality in the Hymn

The last German-speaking regional conference took place from 7 to 9 September 2020 in Herborn Castle (conference centre of the Evangelical Church Hessen Nassau).

The questions of reception and function play a large, often decisive role, in hymns. That is justified, but it should not be forgotten that criteria for inner quality are also needed. There are different levels of these: formal, musical, linguistic, poetic, theological, and they vary in particulars depending on the era and stylistic genre. The goal of the conference was to structure and make concrete this field of discussion, in regard to both the everyday use of hymns and the compilation of collections or future hymnbooks.

Output: The impulses and yields were compiled as a working paper for use in the Hymnal Commission on the Evangelisches Gesangbuch (EG) and published in the following publication:
Jahrbuch für Liturgik und Hymnologie (JLH) 61 (2022), pp. 182–191.