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Sounds, memories, powers in the Balkans

Sensory approaches and research-creation
Atelier de recherche
Du Lundi 10 juillet 2023 au Mardi 11 juillet de 00h00 à 23h59
École française d'Athènes, Conference room - Didotou 6

How do the Balkans sound?
How soundscapes relate to memories?
How sounds exert power?


Memories and powers are not only a matter of social representations and cultural discourses. They entail and produce sensorialities, perceptions, environments, ambiances. They are embodied and experienced. Beyond their ephemeral appearance, sounds constitute a major feature here. They imply forms of perception, acts of judgement, ecological milieus, political stakes. Moreover, sounds are both a mode of knowledge and creation.

Taking the Balkans as a lab, this seminar-workshop explores the potentialities of sound
issues for renewing the approaches of memory and power, by:

  • Gathering scholars and artists
  • Combining research and creation
  • Imagining future networks and projects

It progresses through five sessions:

  • Sonic regimes and ideologies
  • Soundscapes of/as memory
  • Sound intimacies and agencies
  • Inquiring and writing with sounds
  • Sonic creations, sonic performances

Every session is composed of an input talk and short presentations, including collective
listening and discussions. Each talk is accompanied by a sound track, forming a playlist
with plural, heterogeneous and sometimes intriguing sound pieces, as a kind of aural preseminar
dealing with research and creation. Everybody is invited to address not only a topic,
but processes, methodologies, ways-of-doing, frames of research and creation, intentions,
questions, proposals…
Not open to the public, this seminar-workshop is moreover a collective experience of

Contact : Olivier Givre
olivier [dot] givre1atuniv-lyon2 [dot] fr
0033 650 428 465

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