Call for Papers – Musiconis Conference

Musiconis Conference, 11, 12, and 13 June 2015 in Chartres

Since 2011, the Musiconis group has been studying the representation of sound, as a symbol in the visual arts and in its literal depiction in images of vocal, instrumental, and choreographic performance in the Middle Ages. Over the past three years many scholars have presented their research on this subject; descriptions of these lectures are posted in the Musiconis blog.

The group’s work began with the indexing of images that are described and analyzed in an iconographic metabase, that will continue to grow; this metabase can be consulted along with a general bibliography and a trilingual lexicon.

The group’s activities have focused on the processes of the emission, audition, diffusion, association of sound, as well as on the musical, ontological, esthetic and effective qualities of potentially audible sounds that function as such within iconographic systems.

The Musiconis conference seeks to expand the central questions of the project both chronologically, by encompassing the period from classical antiquity to the Renaissance, and theoretically, by taking into account the conveyance of sound through all types of visual representation, whether figurative, mathematical, graphic, calligraphic, epigraphic, coloristic, ornamental, compositional, substantive or other means. The conference presentations may address all visual media, from monumental art to objects and manuscript illumination.

To propose a paper, send an abstract of no more than 3000 characters to Frédéric Billiet( and Isabelle Marchesin( by January 31, 2015.

Accepted papers will be presented in French or in English on the 11, 12, and 13 of June in the auditorium of the Hôtellerie Saint-Yves near the Cathedral of Chartres. Papers will be 20 minutes long. The acts of the conference will be published.

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