International Conference Soundscapes of Trauma:
Music, Violence, Therapy
Athens, 23-25 May 2019
Organized in the context of Anna Papaeti’s Marie-Skłodowska Curie Individual Fellowship acronym MUSDEWAR (Horizon 2020) in collaboration with Professor Athena Athanasiou
> Department of Social Anthropology, Panteion University, Athens
> Laboratory of Anthropological Research, Panteion University, Athens
> Athens Conservatoire
> SIMM, Brussels
> Professor Suzanne G. Cusick, New York University
> Associate Professor Martin Daughtry, New York University
> John Speyer, Music in Detention (UK)
> 23 May: Athens Conservatoire
> 24-25 May: National Hellenic Research Foundation
Abstracts & Biographies
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Soundscapes of Trauma will feature works by the following artists – students of the Athens School of Fine Arts – exploring the conference’s themes.
> Kletia Kokalari
> Elena Mparmpa
> Nektarios Pappas
> Argyris Rallias
> Manos Saklas
Conference language is English.
Attendance is free of charge.
Music has been intrinsically linked with repression, punishment, and warfare, as well as therapy and survival in situations of detention, war, and conflict zones. Music torture and sonic weapons are only a few examples that are by no means limited to contemporary times. At the same time, there is a growing scholarship on the beneficial effects of music in war and/or detention (e.g. prisons, refugee camps, immigration centres), showing how it can bridge ethnic/social differences, encouraging community building. Soundscapes of Trauma explores negative and positive uses of music and sound in detention, incarceration, and warfare across historical periods. Resolutely interdisciplinary, its programme consists of papers from across disciplines, including musicology, ethnomusicology, history, trauma studies, social anthropology, and music therapy. It also aims to forge a much needed intersectoral dialogue between academics, researchers, artists, and practitioners working with survivors or detainees in prisons, refugee camps, and immigration centres.
Call for Papers: Soundscapes 2019_call for papers