International Council for Traditions of Music and Dance

A Non-Governmental Organization in Formal Consultative Relations with UNESCO

21st meeting of the Study Group on Historical Sources of Traditional Music, Paris, March 9-13 2016

Preliminary programme 


Paris, Musée de l'Homme, Auditorium Jean Rouch 17, Place du Trocadéro, 75116 Paris





Topic 1 : Evaluation of historical sound recordings

Topic 2 : The study of history through oral and written sources on music


Free entrance

Inscription (mandatory) : Susanne Fürniss,




Wednesday, march 9

Opening of the Musée de l'Homme : 10 am

10:00        Inscriptions

10:20        Opening words


Session 1: Early recordings in Northern Congo

10:30     Demolin, Didier & Stéphanie Weisser: The historical recordings of Armand Hutereau

11:00     Gütl, Clemens: Sounds of an endangered people in the “Belgian Congo”:  Researching the contexts of magnetic tapes recorded in the late 1960s

11:30        Coffee break


Session 2: Technical issues in archive recordings

12:00     Kunej, Drago: “Look What They’ve Done to My Song”

12:30     Boström, Mattias: Why phonograph? Understanding media uses in interaction

13:00        Lunch


Panel 1:  Networking Sound Archives – Connecting Histories: Strategies and Contexts of Sound Recording and Archiving in Central and Southeastern Europe”

14:30     Gerda Lechleitner: The “Place” of the Vienna Phonogrammarchiv

15:00     Pál Richter: Folk Music and Folk Dance Archives of ZTI

15:30     Rastko Jakovljevic: Rebound Legacies: Western Balkans Historical Recordings as the Mediator in Developing Cultural Politics and Research Strategies

16:00        Coffee break


Session 3: Epistemology, history and identity in the Middle East

16:30     Lambert, Jean: The sound archives of the Cairo Congress (1932): history and identity in the Arabic music

17:00     Jarjour, Tala: Syria, one song, and forging a different narrative of the Middle East


Cultural program 1

18:00        Film "Simha" by Jerome Blumberg, France 2015, 78 min.

Closing of the Musée de l'Homme : 9 pm


Thursday, march 10

Opening of the Musée de l'Homme : 10 am

Session 4: Cross-cultural understandings and misunderstandings in written sources

10:15     McCollum, Jon & David Hebert: “Tracing Historical Misunderstandings of Japanese Culture through Music-Related Manuscripts, Iconography, and Travel Writing”

10:45     Haug, Judith: “Don't fall asleep, your shoes may be stolen”: The Compendium of ,Ali Ufuki as a Mirror of Music and Life at the Ottoman Court

11:15        Coffee break


Session 5: Music and song as archives for unconceptualized memories

11:45     Sebiane, Maho: Zunûj history through oral and written sources on music: The case of the leiwah possession rite in Eastern Arabia.

12:15     Sardo, Susana: My songs are my archive. Goan catholic songs as historical sources for goanity

12:45        Lunch


Cultural program 2

14:30        Éric Gonthier:

The lithophones of the Musée de l'Homme


Session 6:  Songs as sources for Amerindian social history

15:00     Lewy, Matthias: With the Archive back to Field.

15:30     Yvinec, Cedric: The ritual songs of the Suruí of Rondônia (Brazilian Amazon) as historical sources

16:00        Coffee break


Session 7: Tracking migrations through musical features

16:30     Le Bomin, Sylvie  & Jérémy Gardent: The contribution of phylogenetic musical analysis to the reconstruction of history of populations with oral tradition

17:00     Velichkina, Olga: Documenting Russian panpipes tradition: historical sources and archival recordings.

Closing of the Musée de l'Homme : 6 pm


Friday, march 11

Opening of the Musée de l'Homme : 10 am

Session 8: Songs as sources for social history

10:15     Åkesson, Ingrid: Ballads as a source for historical studies of gender-power relations

10:45     Oras, Janika: “Before the final silence”: Creative aged women in Estonian historical oral culture

11:15     Saglam, Hande: Âşık Tradition: Musicians and Poets as an Important Source of Anatolian Collective History

12:45        Lunch


Panel 2 “Evaluation of historical sound recordings made during WW1 in German prison camps”

14:30     Nice Fracile: “Evaluating the phonographic recordings of Serbian traditional music”

15:00     Adelajda Merchan-Drazkowska: “The Greek recordings: evaluation and revitalization”

15:30     Susanne Ziegler: “Echoes from the Past: discussing and publishing the Georgian recordings”

16:00        Coffee break


16:30        Business Meeting

Closing of the Musée de l'Homme : 6 pm


Cultural program 3

19:00        Conference dinner


Saturday, march 12

Opening of the Musée de l'Homme : 10 am

Session 9: Use of research archives

10:15     Urbancova, Hana: Historical Sound Recordings of Folk Music and a Typology of Their Users in Slovakia

10:45     Zhuzhunadze, Baia: The Attempt to Revive Meskhetian Polyphonic Songs (On the Example of Archival Recordings of the 1940s-80s)

11:15        Coffee break


Session 10: Microhistory

11:45     Burstyn, Shai: Music Documentation informing Cultural History: The Song “BaGalil”

12:15     Mifune, Marie-France: Retrospective listening of an oral tradition sound archive

12:45        Lunch


Panel 3: "The web platform Telemeta: New tools and perspectives for use of ethnomusicological sources"

14:30     Joséphine Simonnot, Aude Julien-da Cruz Lima, Thomas Fillon, Guillaume Pellerin, Julien Pinquier and Emeline Lechaux

16:00        Coffee break


Cultural program 4

16:30        Bal-conference with Quaus de Lanla

Closing of the Musée de l'Homme : 6 pm


Sunday, march 13

Opening of the Musée de l'Homme : 10 am

Session 11: Private archives

10:15     Elbaz, Paloma Vanessa: Founding KHOYA: Jewish Morocco Sound Archive and the slow unearthing of changing social relationships to the Sephardic Romancero

10:45     Brunner, Anja: The Value of Private Archives for Ethnomusicology. Notes on a Private Musical Archive in Cameroon and the Challenges for Archivists and Researchers.

11:15        Coffee break


Session 12: Connecting data 

11:45     Le Gonidec, Marie-Barbara: Publishing an unpublished field research after 70 years: a view back on the history of our discipline, as well as on a musical tradition

12:15     Aude Julien-Da Cruz Lima, Pascal Cordereix, Audrey Viault, Claire Schneider: The sources of ethnomusicology: a collaborative project between BnF, Quai Branly Museum and CREM

12:45     Closing words

13:00        End of the Conference


Cultural program 5

afternoon: Free visit of the Musée de la Musique