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Ancient percussion instruments

Percussions antiques

Organology - perceptions - multi-functionality

Organologie - perceptions - polyvalence

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Published on Thursday, March 08, 2018 by Céline Guilleux

Summary

Percussion instruments have a renewal of interest for a few years, after being a long time poor relatives of academic research and very often relegated to the end of the catalogues of musical instruments. However, recent studies show the complexity of uses of these items which, beyond their only sonorous mechanism, are mobilized in a wide range of contexts (ceremonies, theater, funerary field, votive offerings, etc.) for numerous reasons. Special attention will be paid to idiophones, but also to membranophones when data allows it.

Announcement

2019, January 31

Argument

Percussion instruments have a renewal of interest for a few years, after being a long time poor relatives of academic research and very often relegated to the end of the catalogues of musical instruments. However, recent studies show the complexity of uses of these items which, beyond their only sonorous mechanism, are mobilized in a wide range of contexts (ceremonies, theater, funerary field, votive offerings, etc.) for numerous reasons. Special attention will be paid to idiophones, but also to membranophones when data allows it.

Found in shrines, tombs, in domestic context or without any archaeological provenance, realia come from a great number of archaeological collections but are dispersed in scientific publications. This workshop would like to propose a synthetic reflection on methodological issues, studies of contexts of discovery or even organological questions. Proposals relying on a strong archaeological corpus, which excavate a connection in series, would be appreciated.

Other types of sources (literary, iconographic, epigraphic, numismatic) available can be questioned to give a better understanding of historical and anthropological implications and uses of percussion instruments. Moreover, Ancient authors’ points of view often refer to the belonging of these various instruments to an identity, a culture or religion, more than to their musical or sonorous uses. Papers can focus on organology but also on the perception and depictions of some instruments by Ancients themselves. The goal is to catch the multiplicity of functions of percussion instruments and their potential connection with other sensorial ranges than the hearing.

Submission guidelines

Submissions can consider any civilization of the ancient Mediterranean area or East, with the purpose to reach a comparative reflection between cultural areas. The call is open to researchers in history, archaeology, history of art, classics and philology, musicology and anthropology. It should include a title and a 500 words abstract. The deadline for submitting abstracts for consideration is

18 June 2018

and proposals must be sent to a.sauraziegelmeyer@gmail.com.

We’ll come back to you in the beginning of September after the decision of the scientific committee. The results of the workshop will be published in a dedicated volume. If you have questions, please feel free to contact us.

Organizer

Arnaud Saura-Ziegelmeyer (a.sauraziegelmeyer@gmail.com)

Scientific committee

  • Angela Bellia, Marie Curie Researcher, National Research Council - Institute for Archaeological and Monumental Heritage Laurent Bricault, Professeur en Histoire romaine, Université Toulouse II
  • Adeline Grand-Clément, Maître de Conférences en Histoire grecque, Université Toulouse II
  • Arnaud Saura-Ziegelmeyer, Docteur en Sciences de l’Antiquité, Université Toulouse II
  • Alexandre Vincent, Maître de Conférences en Histoire romaine, Université de Poitiers

Places

  • Toulouse, France (31)

Date(s)

  • Monday, June 18, 2018

Keywords

  • instrument, organologie, antiquité, percussion, idiophone, membranophone, culte, rituel

Contact(s)

  • Arnaud Saura-Ziegelmeyer
    courriel : a [dot] sauraziegelmeyer [at] gmail [dot] com

Information source

  • Arnaud Saura-Ziegelmeyer
    courriel : a [dot] sauraziegelmeyer [at] gmail [dot] com

To cite this announcement

« Ancient percussion instruments », Call for papers, Calenda, Published on Thursday, March 08, 2018, https://calenda.org/435742

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