[UPDATE] CfP Early Modern Soundscapes -- deadline 1st December 2013
24th-25th April 2014, Bangor University UK.
To include the Society for Renaissance Studies 3rd Annual Welsh Lecture, given by Professor Jennifer Richards (Professor of Early Modern Literature and Culture, School of English Literature Language and Linguistics, Newcastle University) and Professor Richard Wistreich (Royal Northern College of Music).
The Difficulty of that language is not to bee conceived, and the reasons thereof are especially two:
First, because it hath no affinitie with any other that ever I heard.
Secondly, because it consisteth not so much of words and Letters, as of tunes and uncouth sounds, that no letters can expresse.
For you have few words, but they signifie divers and severall things, and they are distinguished onely by their tunes that are as it were sung in the utterance of them, yet many words there are consisteth of tunes onely, so as if they like they will utter their mindes by tunes without wordes
Francis Godwin, The Man in the Moone (1638)
Early modern culture was awash with sounds. From psalm singing to tavern songs to the reading of the riot act or town criers announcing noteworthy news, we are presented with an image of oral culture forming the basis of perpetual interaction between individuals and their communities. Music, in particular, forms a backdrop to the soundscape, negotiating abstract sounds and speech. This two-day symposium will interrogate ways of conceiving the early modern soundscape. Topics might include (but are not limited to) the following:
Sounds and space
Interaction between sound and speech communities
Oral and literate cultures
Music and performance culture
Sounds and medicine
Sounds and the senses
The relationship between words and music
We welcome abstracts of not more than 250 words for twenty-minute papers, or proposals for panels comprising three papers, to be sent to Rachel Willie (firstname.lastname@example.org) by December 1st 2013.