First Call For Papers
Sound and Auditory Culture in Greco-Roman Antiquity
April 1-2, 2016
Deadline: July 1, 2015
The Department of classical studies at the University of Missouri is delighted to invite abstract submissions for a conference on sound and auditory culture in Greco-Roman antiquity to be held in Columbia, MO on April 1-2, 2016. Keynote addresses will be delivered by Pauline LeVen (Yale), Shane Butler (Johns Hopkins), and Tim Powers (Rutgers).
A convergence of new or newly vital scholarly considerations – including the return to aesthetics, neoformalism, renewed emphases on ancient music, performance studies and the history of embodied practice, the anthropology of the senses, science-studies and media-historiography, not to mention the flourishing interdisciplinary field of sound-studies itself – has made the study of sound and sound culture in ancient Greece and Rome not only viable but also crucially important. How was sound experienced, encoded, communicated, theorized, manipulated or mitigated in antiquity? What patterns of social, cultural, political, and aesthetic behavior shaped ancient auditory experience, and how, in turn, did auditory experience shape these broader areas of concern? In short, what did antiquity sound like?