International Council for Traditional Music

A Non-Governmental Organization in Formal Consultative Relations with UNESCO

Sept 19-24, 2011, Valladolid, Spain - Sound and Ritual in Music Archaeology: Bridging Material and Living Cultures

XII. Congress of the ICTM Study Group for Music Archaeology
University of Valladolid, Spain
Ritual aspects of sound production are frequently touched in music-archaeological studies, but seldom the main focus of research. Ritual  behaviour is often reflected in material culture, but the individual meaning
of ritual acts is often difficult to deduce when it comes to societies of the past. Even more difficult is the study of the interaction of ritual activities and sound production in ancient societies. In some cases, living traditions may offer hints, but ethnographical and ethnomusicological information also reveal the wide frame of possible interpretations. However, archaeological contexts, the instrument symbolism, iconographical and/or textual information, and other data offer at least some information. Also, the
characteristic sounds and their respective effects can be analyzed and, when including all relevant information in a comparative way, a great portion of possible ritual settings reconstructed. This congress turns to ritual and religious behaviours related to musical practices of the past, including the performative dimension of rituals closely linked with musical practices, but also to the ritual-like nature of performing activities involving musical behaviours. Comparable and distinctive elements between societies from different cultural areas and times, including living traditions will be discussed. It is aimed to establish a methodology of studying the interrelation of ritual behaviours and sound production in past societies.
Four conference days, two concert evenings, and an excursion to visit large private collections of musical instruments and gramophones in the nearby village Urueña are planned. We ask if you could submit your abstract no later than October 31, 2010.
The Abstracts of 200–300 words should include the title of your   presentation, and your contact details and current affiliation. The conference languages are English and Spanish. Selected papers presented at the
conference will be published.
Please, send your abstracts to:
Dr. Arnd Adje Both
ICTM Study Group for Music Archaeology
D6, 1
68159 Mannheim
Maria Antonia Virgili Blanquet/
Jon P. Arregui/ Raquel Jiménez Pasalodos
Sección Música
UVA - Facultad de Filosofía y Letras
Plaza del Campus s/n
47011, Valladolid, SPAIN
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