Deadline for proposals: 30 September 2018
E-mail queries and proposals to: mailto:soundscape2019 -at-
Acceptances announced by 30 November 2018.
Dates: 6-8 June 2019
Venue: Sapienza, University of Rome, Rome

Programme Committee: S. Bellavia/S. Caputo/A. Chegai/Fr. Piperno/A. Rostagno/E. Senici

The Department of Italian Literature, Classics, Music and Performance Studies at Sapienza University of Rome will host the international conference Rethinking the Soundscape: Musical Events and the Soundscape of Italian Cities, XVI-XIX century in June 2019, aiming to open new perspectives on Italian urban soundscapes through study of the complex relationships between sound and space in the urban context, where different social bodies and centres of power interacted. In Italian cities sounds helped people to locate themselves in time and space, to construct their identities and to structure their interactions. Changes in sounds reflected changes in society and politics and, in general in attitudes toward time and space.

We invite submissions for 20-minute papers drawing on different methodologies, disciplines and perspectives. We encourage proposals related to the following issues:

–definitions of urban soundscape, its spatial and temporal limitations;
–sources for the study of urban soundscapes;
–voice as a feature of urban soundscapes;
–urban soundscape as an approach to interpreting musical texts;
–music and theatre in the construction of urban places and identities.

Proposals of no more than 300 words may be in English or Italian, submitted as a Word file, and should include all the information that will allow the evaluation of the quality and originality of the paper and its potential as an oral presentation.

Sapienza University of Rome will provide accommodation to all participants. Travel costs are not covered. Junior scholars born in or after 1984 may apply for travel grants to help meet the costs of traveling to Rome.


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