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Published on Thursday, January 23, 2020 by Céline Guilleux

Summary

Materials used to make musical instruments or sound objects are essential in archaeomusicological studies. They allow us to assess the acoustic capacities of artefacts and to reconstruct the soundscapes of Antiquity. Bronze (and more generally metals), but also wood or terracotta have their own logic, and they raise a set of questions (conservation, restoration, lifespan, sound range).

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Argument

Materials used to make musical instruments or sound objects are essential in archaeomusicological studies. They allow us to assess the acoustic capacities of artefacts and to reconstruct the soundscapes of Antiquity. Bronze (and more generally metals), but also wood or terracotta have their own logic, and they raise a set of questions (conservation, restoration, lifespan, sound range).

Beyond their inherent acoustic properties, materials can also be addressed as components and indicators of practical and symbolic functions. Different issues can be tackled in this perspective: does a change in material induce a change in function? Can the use of a sound object be reduced to the material that composes it? Do materials have an influence on the place and the perception of the sound objects into the ancient Soundscape? Is the classification of archaeological finds through materials relevant and accurate?

This last question is especially relevant. Indeed, various classifications of instruments in Antiquity coexist. Presently, the classifications according to the materials are particularly challenging. This is the case, among others, of the Mesopotamian and Chinese classification of instruments.

From our knowledge, there is no dedicated contribution in archaeomusicology about materials as a bodily and symbolic component of sound objects. This workshop will provide an innovative contribution for future archaeomusicological research. Scholars from various fields (archaeology, ancient history, philology, etc.) are welcome to apply to this session. Submitted papers may focus on materials or sonorous objects, as well as on methodological (approaches, typology, organology, etc.) or historiographical questions raised by the theme. We accept papers from any field and culture included in the Antiquity (3rd millennium BCE - 6th century CE, Africa, Asia and Europe). The outcomes and discussions of this session will be published.

We also want to organize a brief concert in order to explore in a practical way the role of materials in the configuration of ancient instruments and sound objects. People presenting papers can join this event.

Submission guidelines

Submissions can only be done online.

Proposing an oral or poster contribution can only be done via online submission form available at https://submissions.e-a-a.org/eaa2020.

Current and past EAA members can log in using their EAA credentials (EAA ID, username, password). For assistance with retrieving credentials, please contact the EAA Secretariat at helpdesk@e-a-a.org.

Make sure that all personal information is up-to-date before submitting your proposal. Please do not create a new account in case you had one in the past! New members need to sign up for EAA account first at www.e-a-a.org. You will find your EAA ID in your profile (under Membership > My EAA Membership, when signed in at EAA website). As presenter (first = main = presenting author), you can either pay your membership fees upon signing up or at any time before 22 April 2020 when registering for the Annual Meeting at www.e-a-a.org/eaa2020/registration. Please note that eventually all Annual Meeting delegates must be current EAA members (paid-up for 2020) and pay conference registration fee.

The person who is submitting the contribution is considered the first - main - presenting author. One person may present two contributions as first author. Maximum number of authors is ten, incl. main author. No exceptions are possible. If you are involved in more than two contributions as co-authors we can not guarantee that these presentations will not be scheduled during within the same time slot. Co-authors need to pay membership and conference registration just in case they attend the Annual Meeting in person.

Notes for speakers and checklist for poster presentations are available here.

Please note: EAA 2020 has (A) Regular sessions, and (B) Discussion sessions. Regular sessions include both papers and posters, oral presentations are usually 15 minutes long. All other sessions have a special format,  the format of contributions is determined by the session organisers. Discussion sessions can either consist of (pre-circulated) papers, a keynote paper and discussion (papers), pecha kucha presentations (six slides in six minutes 40 seconds), posters exclusively, contributions to a discussion session etc. In some cases formal requirements have not yet been met by session organisers, so these sessions are not available for submission of contributions yet and therefore are greyed out in the list of sessions - please check later for the availability of the session. The list is updated regularly, the final list of sessions will be announced on 3 February.

Call for contributions ends on Thursday 13 February 2020, 23:59 CET.

After this date the session organisers and the Scientific Committee will evaluate all contributions and sessions and decide whether the contribution is accepted, rejected, recommended for revision or suggested for different session then submitted to. Following the evaluation by both session organisers and the Scientific Committee, the EAA Secretariat will announce accepted contributions before 24 March 2020. Presenters (first authors) then need to settle both payment of membership and conference registration fee before 22 April 2020, in order to have the contribution added to the scientific programme of the Annual Meeting.

Results of sessions' evaluation

Accepted sessions:

The results of the Scientific Committee's evaluation were sent on Monday 2 December to all main session organisers, who are kindly asked to forward this email to their co-organiser(s). The list of accepted sessions is available below.

This acceptance is conditional on the following:

  • Session organisers’ renewal of their 2020 EAA membership by 16 December 2019;

  • Session organisers’ Annual Meeting registration by 16 December 2019;
  • There are at least 6 papers in your session after evaluation at the end of the call for papers / posters.

Accepted sessions which do not have at least two co-organisers from two different countries who have fulfilled the AM registration and EAA membership renewal requirements by 16 December will be shown in the list of accepted sessions when the call for papers / posters opens on 18 December, but will be greyed out and will not be open to receive paper / poster submissions. Should the formal requirements for a session remain unfulfilled by 3 February, the session will be cancelled. In the event that the session meets the formal requirements, but any of the session co-organisers have failed to renew their 2020 EAA membership and register for the Annual Meeting by 3 February, this session co-organisers will be deleted from the list of session organisers.

Please note that it can take up to one working day to process the payments in the system. The list is updated once per day, the last update will be made on Friday 20 December and then on 6 January.

Session organizers

  • Arnaud Saura-Ziegelmeyer (France)
  • Daniel Sánchez Muñoz (Spain)

Discussant

  • Stefan Hagel (Austria)

Affiliated with the AMIG (Archaeomusicology Interest Group) and the ISGMA (International Study Group on Music Archaeology)

Places

  • Budapest, Hungary

Date(s)

  • Thursday, February 13, 2020

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Keywords

  • archaeomusicology, soundscape, organology, material, musical instrument, sound object

Contact(s)

  • Arnaud Saura-Ziegelmeyer
    courriel : a [dot] sarauziegelmeyer [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Daniel Sánchez Muñoz
    courriel : emperadoroldemburguen [at] gmail [dot] com

Reference Urls

Information source

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

To cite this announcement

« Materializing Sound in Antiquity: materials as a bodily and symbolic component of sound objects », Call for papers, Calenda, Published on Thursday, January 23, 2020, https://calenda.org/729080

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