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    Institut für Musikforschung

    ISGMA 2023

    Artifacts – Images – Texts

    Archaeology and the Historiography of Sound

    12th Symposium of the International Study Group on Music Archaeology

    25-29 September 2023

    Place: Residenz Würzburg, University of Würzburg (Germany),
    Organisers: Andreas Haug, Florian Leitmeir, Dahlia Shehata, Oliver Wiener
    Conference Management: Jasmin Hartmann

    Schedule: 25 September 25: Arrival, welcome and key-note speeches speakers; 26-29 September 26-29: Conference panels, workshops and concerts; 29/30 September 29/30: Departure.

    Contact: isgma2023@uni-wuerzburg.de
    Webpage: https://www.musikwissenschaft.uni-wuerzburg.de/isgma2023/

    Drawing inspiration from the conference location in Würzburg, with its long academic tradition in diverse fields of research into music history, the 12th Symposium of the International Study Group on Music Archaeology will focus on the multiple interdependencies between of archaeology, philology, and historical musicology in both thematic and methodological terms. The foundations of musical-archaeological research consist of in the analysis and reconstruction of archaeological artefacts. This work provides a basis for narratives about the meaning and influence of sounds within their overall historical settings. Furthermore, the results of musical-archeological research make a crucial contribution to multisensory approaches to ancient cultures. The investigation and evaluation of past music cultures relies equally on insights derived from archaeological as well as philological research. focused on questions such as:

    • What stories or histories can be uncovered through the analysis and reconstruction of past musical instruments?
    • In what ways can interdisciplinary musical-archaeological methods and theories break down the traditional boundaries between archaeology, philology, music history, and other disciplines involved in the field of reconstructing musical-archeological artefacts?
    • How do materiality, the building, playing, and tuning of instruments, and the reception of sounds contribute to an advanced narrative of the ancient world’s music histories?
    • In what ways can music and sound archeology be practiced as part of a the culture of the senses? 

    Bearing in mind Due to the conference's objective of to establishing links between the archaeological, philological, and historical disciplines, all contributions relating to any aspect of Music Archaeology, Music History, Ethnoarchaeology, Ethnomusicology, and Music Philology will be equally welcome.

    We warmly invite scholars and students of the above fields to participate and contribute to the conference. Please send your title and abstract (100-150 words) in English or German by 30 September 30 2022 to: isgma2023@uni-wuerzburg.de. Presentations should not exceed 20 minutes in length.  Proposals for workshops as well as posters are also welcome. All proposals will be evaluated by a committee of ISGMA members.


    Accomodation will be arranged taken care of by the conference organisers starting in November 2022.

    Financial Support

    We plan to apply for a conference funding from the DFG (German Research Foundation). If this application is successful, there will be financial support for travel and accommodation.

    Further details concerning arrangements for the conference will follow in subsequent circulars. We look forward to a stimulating conference in Würzburg.