Music Archaeology of Latin America

Music Archaeology of Latin America
22 November 2019, 10.00am - 23 November 2019, 5.00pm
Conference / Symposium
The Chancellor's Hall, First Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

The Latin American Archaeology Seminar and Latin American Music Seminar are long established groups which meet for a full day of talks and discussion twice each year (usually on Saturdays in May and November). 

The two seminar groups will combine forces in November 2019 for a special two-day event focused on Music Archaeology of Latin America (Fri. 22nd – Sat. 23th November). 

Despite recent advances in music archaeology and increased interest in its study, the ancient musical practices of Latin America tend to be interpreted in one of two ways: either as disconnected from the present (due to colonial impact and poor preservation) or as unchanged, where contemporary practices are mapped directly onto the past. In this two day seminar we explore aspects of this tension, asking such questions as: 

How do archaeologists access and interpret past musical practices? What is the wider impact of this research?

In what ways does ancient music, and its imaginaries, influence contemporary music making? 

How might ancient musical practices be presented in museums and by heritage organizations? 

Can music complement archaeological education and outreach? 

Organizing committee: Henry Stobart, Bill Sillar, Dianne Scullin, Manuel Arroyo-Kalin

Music Archaeology of Latin America Final.pdf


Olga Jimenez
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