Rethinking the Soundscape: Musical Events and the Soundscape of Italian Cities, XVI-XIX Century

Nel leggi tutto pubblichiamo il testo completto della call for papers relativa al convegno che si terrà nel mese di giugno 2019 presso l'Università "La Sapienza" di Roma. La scadenza per l'invio delle proposte è fissata al 30 settembre.

On 6-8 June 2019 the Department of Italian Literature, Classics, Music and Performance Studies at Sapienza University of Rome will host the international conference Rethinking the Soundscape: Musical Events and the Soundscape of Italian Cities, XVI-XIX century. This conference aims to open new perspectives on Italian urban soundscape from the Seventeenth to the Nineteenth century through the study of the complex relationships between sound and space in the urban context, where different social bodies and centres of power interacted. In Italian cities sounds helped people to locate themselves in time and space, to construct their identities and to structure their interactions. Changes in sounds reflected changes in society and politics, and more in general in attitudes toward time and space.

Investigating the place of music in the physical, cultural, social, political and ideological space of Italian cities means problematizing musical practices, interpreting them through the concepts of representation, space and territory. Music historians are invited to draw on a wide range of source materials (official civic acts, correspondence, travel writing, fictional writing, and objects of all kinds, including but not limited to images and buildings), shifting the focus from individuals to the communities that modelled city space physically and acoustically through civic and religious practices. How did the interaction between soundscape and urban space impact on the identity of a city? Emphasising the concept that space is socially
constructed through different practices and representations allows us to widen scholarly perspectives on “music in”, recontextualizing musical texts in terms of time and space. Furthermore, an interdisciplinary approach that embraces new perspectives offered by urban history, humanistic geography and historical anthropology may shed light on musical practices that fall outside the official remit of patronage.

We invite submissions for 20-minute papers drawing on different methodologies, disciplines and perspectives. We encourage proposals related to the following issues:

  1. definitions of urban soundscape and its spatial and temporal limitations;
  2. sources for the study of urban soundscapes;
  3. voice as a characteristic feature of urban soundscapes;
  4. urban soundscape as an approach to the interpretation of musical texts;
  5. the role of music and theatre in the construction of urban places and identities.

Proposals may be in English or Italian. They must be submitted as a Word file (“.doc” or “.docx”), and must include the following information:

  • name;
  • country and institution;
  • short biography;
  • e-mail address;
  • paper title;
  • abstract of no more than 300 words.

Abstracts should include all the information that will allow the Programme Committee to evaluate the quality and originality of the paper and its potential as an oral presentation.

Deadline for submission of proposals: 30 September 2018.
Acceptance of proposals will be announced by 30 November 2018.
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Sapienza University of Rome will provide accommodation to all participants. Travel costs will not be covered, but a limited number of grants are available to help junior scholars meet the costs of traveling to Rome. All those born in or after 1984 and whose papers are accepted for the conference will be eligible to apply.
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Conference venue: Sapienza, University of Rome, Piazzale Aldo Moro 5, I-00185, Rome (Italy)
Programme Committee: Sonia Bellavia, Simone Caputo, Andrea Chegai, Franco Piperno, Antonio Rostagno, Emanuele Senici

 
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