The Soundscape of Early Modern Venice

International Conference
Venice, 25–27 May 2017

Organised by the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice (Department of Philosophy and Cultural Heritage), in collaboration with the Archivio Storico del Patriarcato di Venezia, the Swiss National Science Foundation and the Spazio Svizzero in Venice

CALL FOR PAPERS
Deadline for proposals: 30 November 2016

On basis of new perspectives offered by urban history, humanistic geography and historical anthropology, the conference aims to bring together inter- and multidisciplinary approaches to the significance of “soundscape” in the context of the rich and complex urban system of early modern Venice. As a supreme example of “ceremonial city”, Venice is particularly suitable for investigating how soundscape interacts with urban space in the creation of an elaborate social and cultural identity.

The conference forms part of ‘The Sound of Eternity. A Digital Platform for the Polyphonic Choir-Books of the Ducal Chapel of St Mark’s, Venice’, a research project funded by the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, in continuation of ‘The Sound of Eternity. Investigating the Choir Books of the Ducal Chapel of St Mark’s, Venice’, funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation.

The official languages of the conference are English and Italian.

Suggested topics for the conference include:
Soundscape and urban identity
Sound and civic ceremonial
Sound and space in urban life
Sound and the “Myth of Venice”
Tradition and innovation in urban soundscape
Urban sound and cultural patronage
The economics of sound in performance
Methodological perspectives

Selected papers will be published in English in a dedicated, peer-reviewed volume (to be published by Brepols, Turnhout, in the new series Venetian Music Studies).

Please email proposals (250-350 words) for 20-minute papers (with 10 minutes for questions and discussion) as well as a short biography to

soundscape2017@unive.it

Further updates and conference information will be available (from January 2017) on the conference website (which will continue to be updated with details about costs, events and accommodation as the conference draws nearer):

vmo.unive.it/soundscape2017

Accepted proposals will be announced before 15 December 2016.

Organising Committee
David Bryant, Augusto Celentano, Luigi Collarile, Renzo Orsini
Ca’ Foscari University of Venice

Please address all queries to:
David Bryant – david.bryant@unive.it
Luigi Collarile – luigi.collarile@unive.it

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