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Sief Congress Lisbon, Panel Sound, space and memory: ways of emotionalizing and instrumentalizing sound – 19 April 2011

During the 10th Sief Congress to be held in Lisbon, Portugal, Cyril Isnart (CIDEHUS-Universidade de Evora) and Eckehard Pistrick (Martin-Luther-University Halle/Université Paris-Ouest Nanterre)  are directing a panel called “Sound, space and memory: ways of emotionalizing and instrumentalizing sound”.

19 Apr, 2011 at 11:30-18:00
Faculty of Social and Human Sciences of the Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Av. de Berna 26, Lisbon


Sound and space have been considered as two distinct phenomena, visual and aural, to be studied by different disciplines: (ethno)musicology and geography. But the anthropology of space, the anthropology of senses (Turner) and performance studies (Schiefflin, Marshall) have shown how music links with space and memory. Every experience of space is at the same time a visual, acoustic and memory experience. Places possess a particular soundscape (Murray Schafer, Feld, Scaldaferri) linked to the process of recollecting and learning the traces of the past.

In times of musical globalization and musical hybridization, music detaches itself from its space of origin and tends to exist as a non-spatial and non-identifiable object. On the other hand, sound becomes appropriated by space influenced by local discourses, nationalist rhetorics or heritage politics. Space is considered in these terms as the mythical origin of musical expressions.

In the last decades, human migrations have profoundly remodeled the relation between music and space. As a result, an increased role was attributed to aural memory for remembering places, involving particular emotions. In these terms, memory stimulates a widespread nostalgia for the sounds and spaces of origin.

The panel aims to highlight the connections between sound and space, in local emic terms and as an etic concept of cultural politics. How can ‘local sounds’ be understood in a globalized world? What role do memory processes play in linking space and sounds? In what sense does the aural compliment the visual in performance? In what respect can music as a symbol evoke a ‘lost space’?


Silence habité: constructions sonores de la spatialité dans la clôture
Francesca Sbardella (Università di Bologna)

Building the hero: from ritual mourning to mp3 among the Armenian Yezidis
Estelle Amy de la Bretèque (Instituto de etnomusicologia (INET-MD/UNL)

Sound, space, and dance in the local “panigyria” in Greece: the co-relation of sound, space and dance in the local “panigyria” in Northwestern Greece, their dynamics and their social implications
Athena Katsanevaki (University of Macedonia)

Sounds like history: maritime heritage soundscapes and the appropration of the past
Johannes Mueske (University of Zurich) and Thomas Hengartner (University of Zurich)

Embodied imagination: understanding place through sound and movement
Eva Rodriguez Riestra (University of NSW)

Synchronization of images and music realised by Leoš Janáček in Moravia in 1906 in the context of documentation of the traditional Whitsuntide ritual “The Little Queens“
Jarmila Procházková (Institute of Ethnology, Czech Academy of Sciences)

Eastern dreams and sonic utopias: the amplified worlds of Romanian manele
Victor A. Stoichita (Instituto de etnomusicologia (INET-MD/UNL)

Linking spaces with sound
Olivier Feraud (LAU/IIAC/CNRS/EHESS)

“Die besten falschen Russen”: Exploring music and memory in the Russenpartyszene in Berlin
Tirza de Fockert (University of Amsterdam)

L’église, écrin de sonorités et de mémoires musicales: un espace en redéfinition
Josee laplace (UQAM)

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CFP: Sites of Popular Music Heritage

Institute of Popular Music, University of Liverpool
8-9 September 2011


We invite proposals from a broad range of academic disciplines for a 2 day symposium examining sites of popular music heritage: from institutions such as museums, to geographic locations, websites and online archives. Papers are welcomed that explore popular music within narratives of heritage and identity, real and imagined geographies, cultural memory and contested histories. The event will focus on three thematic areas:

Popular Music Heritage in the Museum
In recent years museums have increasingly engaged with popular music heritage, as evidenced in a proliferation of exhibitions including those in the UK such as Kylie: The Exhibition at the V&A and the British Music Experience at the O2. Museum interaction with popular music heritage enables methods of narration beyond traditional written histories, engaging visitors with objects, sounds and images. The place of popular music in the museum raises issues of how music is both represented and used to represent and explore social histories, personal and collective identities, memories, and geographies. Possible themes for papers include:

.Popular music and locality in the museum

.Disseminating popular music heritage in museums beyond text

.History and memory in popular music exhibitions and collections

Heritage, Place and Local Identity
While ideas of heritage and cultural memory play an increasingly important role in popular music historiography, the spatial and geographic frameworks underpinning the production of popular music histories remain comparatively under-examined in studies to date. The spatial embedding of popular music heritage raises questions as to the ways in which ideas of local, regional and national identity are shaped by geographies of music and place; the role of mobility practices in the production of local music histories; and the capacity for popular music memoryscapes to stimulate (and sustain) embodied and emotional attachments to places and localities. Possible themes for papers include:

.Contested geographies of popular music heritage

.Routes of popular music heritage: mobility, migration, wayfinding

.Cartographies of popular music history

Digital Archives and Online Practice
Heritage practices have proliferated in the digital age and a large part of related activity online is devoted to popular music. ‘Authorised’ or otherwise, social media groups, blogs and web pages are organised and defined by, amongst other things, genre, artist, period and geography. Sites dedicated to the popular music of Birmingham, Manchester, Sheffield, Coventry, Bristol, Woolongong, Brisbane or Detroit speak simultaneously to the hyper-local and global quality of popular music culture. The nature of such online practices raise questions about the ontology of the archive, the digital ‘artefact’ and collective memory. In light of the challenges presented to the music industries by digitisation, key questions concern the role of music and related intellectual property in online ‘folk’ histories. Possible themes for papers include:

Contested geographies of popular music heritage

.Authorising popular music heritage and archiving practice online

.Building music cultures and communities of memory online

.Online music heritage, music industries and ownership


Please submit proposals for papers (300 words max) to Dr Rob Knifton (robert.knifton@liverpool.ac.uk <mailto:robert.knifton@liverpool.ac.uk> ) and Dr Les Roberts (les.roberts@liverpool.ac.uk <mailto:les.roberts@liverpool.ac.uk>).

Deadline for abstracts:*30 April 2011**
Date for registration: 30 June 2011
Deadline for submission of draft papers: 01 Aug 2011

·Further information and registration details will be posted shortly at www.liv.ac.uk/music/ <http://www.liv.ac.uk/music/>

·Papers presented at the symposium will be considered for publication.

This event is co-organized with the Centre for Media and Cultural Research at Birmingham City University.


See the attachment (pdf) and web-page:
An international interdisciplinary conference
24-26 August 2011
University of Helsinki, Finland
Literature and art mediate our experiences of the spaces and places    surrounding us as well as within us. In contemporary discussion we    use, besides the old term ‘landscape’, other ‘scapes’ which reflect a    new interest and new thinking with regard to spaces: we speak of   cityscapes,bodyscapes, mindscapes  and even memoryscapes,and their   relationships to one another. The  intertwining of what, of old, was   called ‘macrocosm’ (nature and  society) and ‘microcosm’ (body and   mind) and the role various art  forms and media play in articulating   and negotiating these chiasmic  encounters is the focal point of the   Imagining spaces/places  conference. How are the interfaces between   ‘the place in you and you in the place’ depicted? How are these   imagined and material  landscapes gendered and sexualized?
The conference seeks to produce an interdisciplinary dialogue between    art history, literature and gender studies. We welcome papers  addressing
issues of representing and creating spaces in literature, art or film,    and emphasizing the gendered, emotional and political or  ideological   character of these cultural mediations and remediations.  Suggestions   for possible approaches:
– landscapes as medium for political, religious, psychological themes
– landscape as pictures vs. (nature) as process
– man in landscape; space, place, genius loci as objective places or    subjective experiences
– borderlines between nature and culture/cultural landscape and wilderness
– urban spaces and urban people
– city images and chronotopes
– the idea of metropolis
– gendered/utopist/political/

public/private city
– invisible cities and erewhons: fantasies of places and spaces and    their role in arts
– allegories of mind
– dreams and other alternatives to actual world(s)
– bodies and belongings
– affective, material, represented bodies
– postcolonial corporealities
– bodies of knowledge
– sites of mediations of past, present, future
– methods of memorializations: regimes, archives, museums
– collective memory (nation and nation building)/private memory
– missing past, negative heritage (palimpsest traditions), melancholia

Deadline for abstracts: March 15, 2011.
– Claire Farago, Professor of Early Modern Art, Theory, and Criticism,    University of Colorado, Boulder.
– Bart Keunen, Professor in Comparative Literature, Ghent University, Belgium.
– Irit Rogoff, Professor of Visual Cultures, Goldsmiths College,   University of London.

For more information and to fill in the electronic abstract submission    form, please visit the conference website at:
Conference Organizers:
Finnish Doctoral Programme in Art History
Finnish Graduate School of Literary Studies
Finnish Research School in Women’s and Gender Studies.