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News and Final Programme, First Joint Symposium of the ICTM Study Group on Mediterranean Music Studies and the International Musicological Society (June 2016)

ICTM Study Group ‘Mediterranean Music Studies

International Musicological Society

First joint symposium

"Musicians in the Mediterranean: Narratives of Movement"

21-26 June, 2016

Naples, Italy 

Universita degli studi di Napoli “L’Orientale”  

Conservatorio di Musica San Pietro a Majella

(Painting on a Florentine cassone depicting the conquest of Naples by Charles, Duke of Durazzo. Late fourteenth century. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.)

Background, aims

In June 2016 it will be exactly twenty years since the Study Group ‘Anthropology of Music in Mediterranean Cultures’ met in Bari-Molfetta, Italy, for a conference titled ‘Musicians in the Mediterranean: History and Anthropology’ in conjunction with the festival organised by Mousiké. Conceived as a meeting of historical musicologists and ethnomusicologists, the conference combined historical and ethnographic methods and perspectives on topics relating to music, musicians, and musical transmission in the Mediterranean and beyond (Conference report by Philip Bohlman:

This first joint symposium of ICTM and IMS, organised by the ICTM Study Group ‘Mediterranean Music Studies’, seeks to renew that intradisciplinary collaboration, focusing on the theme ‘Musicians in the Mediterranean: Narratives of Movement’. We invite papers that address music as narrative and musicians as narrators of movements of peoples, cultures and civilisations through time and space, focusing on musical genres, styles,  repertories and practices of the Mediterranean region, broadly conceived, including diasporic communities. Participants are encouraged to explore processes of cross-cultural fertilisation, interaction and exchange, of transformation and loss, and of musical conservation and control, as societies attempt to comprehend and come to terms with conditions of physical and temporal flux. How do different types of movements sound? How do language, gestures, and sound narrate each movement? What is sounded and what is silenced? Which sounds/gestures are meaningful? And for whom? Answering these and other critical questions requires an understanding of the structural and aesthetic factors that govern musical organisation and, concurrently, a frame of reference in which music can be understood in terms of its wider cultural meanings. Papers may also address narratives about music, including the histories, myths, and intellectual traditions that have evolved around movements of musicians, musical instruments, repertories, styles, and practices across and beyond the Mediterranean.


With origins dating from the Greek Bronze Age, Naples is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. Founded as a commercial port by Greek sailors in the ninth century BCE, the city has long been a site of contact and convergence between the diverse cultures and civilizations of the Mediterranean. It is also one of the few cities founded on a musical myth — that of Parthenope, the singing siren of Greek and Roman mythology; as ‘children of the siren’, Neapolitans consider themselves born for music. In the seventeenth-century, Naples invented the concept of the modern, public music school: its four conservatoires contributed to the wide dissemination of a new myth, that of the “Neapolitan Music School”. The library of the Conservatorio San Pietro a Majella, which inherited the archives, scores and musical instruments of the ancient baroque conservatoires, is widely regarded as the richest collection of early western music in the world. Situated almost adjacent to the Conservatorio, the University L’Orientale is the foremost institute in Italy for the study of Mediterranean languages and civilizations.

Programme Committee

  • Co-chairs: Ruth Davis (ICTM) and Dinko Fabris (IMS)
  • Philip Bohlman (ICTM/IMS)
  • Alessandra Ciucci (ICTM)
  • Salvatore Morra (ICTM) 

Local Arrangements Committee

  • Chair: Adriano Rossi (Università L’Orientale, Naples)


Just ten minutes by car from the city centre, Naples airport is well-served by major international airlines including British airways, Air France, Germanwings, Easyjet, Transavia, Vueling, Air Berlin, Air Arabia, Lufthansa, Meridiana, Turkish airlines, Iberia express, Tunis Air Express. is also served by boat to Naples port, by train, and by local buses.

The conference venues are in the historic centre, the nearest underground station is Dante. The journey planner available at gives directions for travel within Naples via public transport.

Symposium Booklet with Programme 

See attached file at the bottom of this post


Local Arrangements Information

Recommended Hotels and B&Bs, all within walking distance of the symposium venues. List compiled by Salvatore Morra ( Those marked with *** are especially recommended.

  1. These four Hotels belong to the same company:
    1. Hotel Neapolis, Via Francesco Del Giudice, 13 (next to Piazza Miraglia)
      209 euro for 5 nights
    2. B&B Le Terrazze di Neapolis, Via Francesco Del Giudice, 13 (vicino Piazza Miraglia)
      266 euro for 5 nights
    3. *** Belle Arti Resort, Via Santa Maria di Costantinopoli, 27
      266 euro for 5 nights
    4. *** Portalba Relais, Via Port’Alba, 33
      266 euro for 5 nights 
  2. Hotel Maison Dégas, Calata Trinità Maggiore, 53 (Piazza del Gesù)
    Double: 75 euro per night per room
    Single: 45 euro per night per room
    Triple: 90 euro per night per room
  3. ***  Mokasuite Spaccanapoli, Via Domenico Capitelli, 3 (next to Piazza del Gesù)
    Single: 89 euro 
    Double: 109 euro
    Triple: 129 euro
  4. Hotel Europeo, Via Mezzocannone, 109/c
    Single: 42 euro - Double: 52 euro
  5. Domus Rosa, Vico Santa Luciella, 3 (next to San Gregorio Armeno)
    Double: 90 euro
  6. *** B&B Nilo 32, Via Francesco De Sanctis, 3 (next to Via Nilo)
    Single: 60 euro
  7. Hotel Naples, Corso Umberto I, 55
    Single: 90 euro
  8. Culture Hotel
    Single: 99 euro
    Double: 114 euro
  9. Visconti B&B
    Single: 40 euro
  10. B&B Spacca Napoli (next to Piazza Dante)
    Double: 75 euro
    Triple: 85 euro
    Single: 60 euro
  11. Casa Alba Laeta (two metro stops from Dante), convent.
    37 euro per person (no breakfast)