CfP: Music and Material Culture (University of Cambridge)

University of Cambridge:
“Music and Material Culture”
7th December 2016 – Faculty of Music, University of Cambridge, UK
Deadline: 22 August 2016

During the last decade, many disciplines have been increasingly oriented towards the study of material culture, exploring the relations between objects and people. From different perspectives within the humanities and social sciences, this ‚material turn‘ has emphasized both the materiality of objects, and their social life as bearers of cultural meaning.

This workshop proposes to create a bridge between material culture studies and musical studies, exploring the wide range of objects that interact with musical practice and consumption, sound production, and the sense of hearing.

We welcome participants who work on Music and Material Culture from different disciplines. The topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • The theoretical and methodological challenges of materialism in musicology
  • The social life of musical instruments: a new organology
  • Scientific knowledge and ideas of the material in music and sound
  • The body and the senses
  • Mobility and cultural exchange
  • Sonic materiality and immateriality of music

Abstracts of no more than 350 words should be sent both to af504 -at- cam.ac.uk (Amparo Fontaine) and vw261 -at- cam.ac.uk (Vera Wolkowicz) by August 22, 2016. Please include title, name, institutional affiliation, email address, and a short biography (150 words). We welcome submissions for twenty minutes papers in English and in French. Due to time constraints, only a limited amount of papers will be selected.

Organising Committee:
Amparo Fontaine (University of Cambridge)
Violeta Nigro-Giunta (CRAL/EHESS)
Nicolò Palazzetti (CRAL/EHESS)
Vera Wolkowicz (University of Cambridge)

This workshop is supported by the Faculty of Music (University of Cambridge).

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