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11th MOISA meeting: Music and Materiality - 20-21-22/07/2018, Reading (England)


Music was a key part of Greek and Roman life, and this conference seeks to explore how the material world can inform us about Greek and Roman musical customs: from iconography, epigraphy, archaeological contexts, the instruments themselves, to how literary texts engage with material aspects of music. Key previous works have either focused on a particular family of instruments (Maas & Snyder 1989), or within a particular locale (Bundrick 2005), but more recently the exhibition MUSIQUES! ÉCHOS DE L'ANTIQUITÉ at the Louvre-Lens, and the work of the European Music Archaeology Project, have more broadly contextualised images and artefacts related to ancient music.

FECHA/DATE/DATA: 20-21-22/07/2018

LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (Karlsruhe, Germany)

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Andrew Barker; Armand D’Angour; Stefan Hagel; James Lloyd; Tosca Lynch; Angelo Meriani; Ian Rutherford; Sylvain Perrot; Stelios Psaroudakes; Donatella Restani; Eleonora Rocconi

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FRIDAY 20TH JULY 13.00-14.00 – Registration 14.00-14.15 - Welcome 14.45-15.00 - Keynote Rupert Till (University of Huddersfield) An introduction to Archaeoacoustics 15.00-15.30 - Break 15.30.- 17.00 - PANEL 1 – AULOI (three papers) Chair: Stelios Psaroudakes (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens) Theodor E. Ulieriu-Rostas (EHESS Paris) Contextualising the Iconographic Aulos in Attic Vase-Painting: ‘realism’, style and materiality. Caleb Simone (Columbia University) The Materiality of Auletic Sound. Sylvain Perrot (University of Strasbourg) The Louvre Aulos E 11747: a possible unique example of monaulos and the genre of monaulia. 18.30 onwards – Conference dinner SATURDAY 21st July 08.00-10.00 - Annual MOISA meeting 10.00-10.30 – Break 10.30 – 13.00 - PANEL 2 – APPROACHES TO ROMAN MUSIC (five papers) Chair: Tim Moore (Washington University in St. Louis) Robert A. Rohland (University of Cambridge) Silent Echoes of Carpe Diem Songs. Kamila Wyslucha (OeAW) Death of a Trumpet Player. Florian Leitmeir (University of Würzburg) Do Musicians Represent Music? Honorific Statues of Musicians. Miguel Angel Valero Tevar (University of Castilla-La Mancha) Representation of Musical Instruments in the Mosaic of the Roman Villa of Noheda. Antonietta Provenza (University of Palermo) The Power of Music. Some Reflections on Simonidean Citations in the Orations of Himerius and in Plutarch’s Table Talks. 13.00- 14.00 - Lunch 14.00- 15.00 - PANEL 3 – APPROACHES TO APULIAN MUSIC (two papers) Chair: Eleonora Rocconi (University of Pavia) Veronica Ikeshoji-Orlati (Vanderbilt University) Courtship Music? The Apulian Kithara in 4th century BCE Apulian Vase-Painting. Fabio Vergara Cerqueira (Federal University of Pelotas) The Iconography of the harp in Apulian red figure and Gnathian vases (5th-4th cent. B.C). 15.00-15.30 - Break 15.30-17.30 - PANEL 4 – APPROACHES TO ATTIC MUSIC (four papers) Chair: Armand D’Angour (University of Oxford) Amy Smith (University of Reading) & Katerina Volioti (University of Roehampton) The Role of Music in Assembling a Vase Painting. Egert Pöhlmann (University of Erlangen-Nuremberg) Reading and writing, singing and playing on three early red-figured Vases: Munich 2607, J 1168; Ferrara T 45 C,; Berlin 2285. Katerina Kolotourou (Royal Holloway) Music for Death and the Afterlife. Carolyn M. Laferrière (Yale University) Painting with Music: Visualising Harmonia in Archaic and Classical Representations of Apollo. 18.30 onwards - Concert, Christ Church Reading SUNDAY 22nd July 9.00- 10.30 - PANEL 5 – PERCUSSION (two papers) Chair: Donatella Restani (University of Bologna) Daniela Castaldo (University of Salento) The “Tong Cymbals”: an instrument of African tradition? Audrey Gouy (École Pratique des Hautes Études) The Etruscan Castanet Musicians: functions, moments and actors of the percussion sounds through pre-Roman representations (6th-4th cent. BCE). 10.30 – 11.30 PANEL 6 – NEW FINDS (three papers) (20mins per paper, 10mins of questions at the end of the panel) Chair: David Creese (University of Newcastle) Lyre and Aulos from a Classical Athenian Grave. Antonia Kokkoliou i. Context and Dating Vasiliki Mylona ii. Restoration procedures Stelios Psaroudakes (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens) iii. Organology 11.40 – 12.00 Coffee Break 12.00 – 13.30 PANEL 7 – NEW APPROACHES (three papers) Chair: Ian Rutherford (University of Reading) Ellen Swift, Lloyd Bosworth and Jo Stoner (University of Kent), David Creese (Newcastle University), April Pudsey (Manchester Metropolitan University) Everyday Roman and Late Antique Musical Instruments: 3D scanning and research using replica objects. Manon Brouillet (EHESS Paris) Materiality and Ritual Value of the Lyre in Archaic Poetry. Anna Conser (Columbia University) Reading tragic lyrics in light of the Delphic Hymns. 13.30-14.30 - Lunch 14.30 - 17.00 – ‘How to make an Aulos reed’ hands-on activity, Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology (optional)

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