Sciences of Sound in Action

Acoustics, physiology, and technology in France (19th & 20th centuries)
March 22 through March 23,
10 a.m.- 5:30 p.m.
salle Stravinsky


Free entry, limited seats available.

Siren, phonautograph, tuning fork, gramophone: the history of these iconic objects from sound studies is closely tied to the fields of acoustics, physiology and sound technologies in France in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. But although work on connections between sound, music, science, and technologies have multiplied in recent years, French sources in this domain remain largely unexplored. In this conference, we wish to contribute to the renewal of research in history of science, music, and media by illuminating not yet understood contexts of scientific practices tied to sound. Through an approach that considers sciences of sound in action, this conference will accentuate the production of knowledge about sound, as well as about the entanglement between sciences of sound and the numerous fields of their application, including musical performance, instrument manufacturing, physics, medicine, musical criticism, and the development of communication technologies. The talks will focus around four axes:

Music, sound, and medicine: from discourse to practice | Friday, 10am-1pm

Presenters: Molly Doran (Indiana University), Céline Frigau Manning (université Paris-8), Jillian Rogers (University College Cork)
Moderator & respondent: Manuela Schwartz (Hochschule Magdeburg-Stendal)

Listener communities: new media and sound technology | Friday, 2:30pm-5:30pm

Presenters: Sarah Fuchs (Syracuse University), André Timponi (CRAL, EHESS), Jonathan Goldman (université de Montréal), Marie-Madeleine Mervant-Roux (THALIM, CNRS-Université Sorbonne Nouvelle)
Moderator & respondent: Sophie Maisonneuve (université Paris-Descartes)

Mathematicians, physicists, musicians, and manufacturers: the sciences face-toface with musical practices | Saturday, 10am-1pm

Presenters: Marion Weckerlé (Musée de la Musique, Cité de la musique / Philharmonie de Paris), Fanny Gribenski (Max Planck Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte), Stéphane Le Gars (université de Nantes), Stéphane Leteuré (Centre Georg Simmel, EHESS)
Moderator & respondent: Marc Rigaudière (université Paris-Sorbonne, IReMus)

Institutionalization of musical acoustics after World War II | Saturday, 2:30pm-5:30pm

Presenters: François-Xavier Féron (Analysis of Musical Practices IRCAM-STMS), Michèle Castellengo (LAM-Institut d’Alembert, CNRS-Sorbonne Université), François Delalande (INA-GRM), Vincent Tiffon (Université de Lille)
Moderator & respondent: Nicolas Donin (Analysis of Musical Practices IRCAM-STMS)

Organization: Jillian Rogers (University College Cork), Fanny Gribenski (Max Planck Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte), Francois-Xavier Féron (Analysis of Musical Practices IRCAM-STMS)