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Tuesday, 3 November 2015

9h30 : Opening of the Museum doors

10h Welcome and introduction by the organizers:

  • Christine Guillebaud, CNRS, LESC-CREM UMR 7186, Université Paris Ouest Nanterre.
  • Frédéric Keck, Musée du quai Branly, Directeur du Département de la Recherche et de l’Enseignement.
  • Catherine Lavandier, LMRTE EA 4113, Université de Cergy-Pontoise.

Keynote lecture

10h30 – 11h15

  • Marc Asselineau, Bureau PEUTZ et Associés, Acoustique des salles, Paris, Characterization of worship spaces acoustics: to believe or not in acoustic indicators (France)

Marc Asselineau will present the basics of room acoustics for a social scientist public, and direct his talk to the complementarity of acoustic and anthropological approaches in the management of projects for places of worship.

11h15 – 11h45 [Coffee break]

SESSION: Sensory experience and perceived sound effects in worship spaces - I

Session chair: Jean-Dominique Polack, Equipe «Lutheries - Acoustique - Musique» (LAM), Institut Jean le Rond d’Alembert CNRS UMR7190, Paris

  • 11h45 - Gaspard Salatko, Centre Norbert Elias, UMR 8562 CNRS/EHESS, Université d’Avignon, Church bells and their ontological status in Christian rituals (France)
  • 12h15 - Paola Ricciardi, University of Pavia, Faculty of Engineering, Churches as auditoria: analysis of acoustical parameters for a better understanding of sound quality (Italy).
13h – 14h 30 [Lunch]

SESSION: Sensory experience and perceived sound effects in worship spaces - II

Session chair: Damien Masson, Laboratoire «Mobilités-Réseaux-Territoires-Environnement», LMRTE EA 4113, Université de Cergy-Pontoise

  • 14h30 - Josée Laplace, Université du Québec à Montréal, Experience(s) and functions of monumental soundscapes in Roman Catholic churches of Montreal
  • 15h - Menino Allan S.M. Peter Tavares and Buland Shukla, Founder - Heritage Acoustics, Goa, Rehabilitation of churches in Goa: Restoring an Experience (India)
  • 15h30 - Pascal Joanne, UMR MCC/CNRS, Centre de recherche méthodologique d’architecture, Nantes, Sensitive heritage of the Cistercian abbeys (France)
16h – 16h30 [Coffee break]

SESSION: Sound and architectural limits - I

Session chair: Catherine Servan-Schreiber, CNRS, Centre d’Études de l’Inde et de l’Asie du Sud, CEIAS UMR 8564, EHESS, Paris

  • 16h30 - M.G. Prasad, Stevens Institute of technology, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Hoboken New Jersey, USA, The role of coupled spaces in propagation of Vedic chants, bells, conch-shells and gongs in worship at Hindu temples (India)
  • 17h - Christine Guillebaud, CNRS, Laboratoire d’Ethnologie et de Sociologie Comparative, LESC-CREM UMR 7186, Université Paris Ouest Nanterre, The Dēva/Asura sound categories and their spatial distribution in the Maṇṇarśāla Nāgas temple (Kerala, South India)


Wednesday,  4 November 2015

9h30 [Opening of the Museum doors]

SESSION: Sound and architectural limits - II

Session chair: Michaël Houseman, Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Vème section, Institut des mondes Africains IMAF

  • 10h - Andrew J. Eisenberg, Visiting Assistant Professor of Music and Anthropology, NYU Abu Dhabi, UAE, Soundly Placed Subjects: Resonant Voices and Spatial Politics in Mombasa, Kenya
  • 10h30 - Astrid Zotter, Cultural and Religious History of South Asia, Ruprecht-Karls Universität Heildelberg, Reflections on Sound and Music in Nepalese Life-Cycle Rituals
11h – 11h30 [Coffee break]

SESSION: Theorizations of sound - I

Session chair: Nicolas Dejenne, Université Sorbonne nouvelle - Paris 3, UFR Etudes arabes, hébraïques, indiennes et iraniennes (EAHII)

  • 11h30 - Gérard Colas, CNRS, Centre d'Études de l'Inde et de l'Asie du Sud, CEIAS UMR 8564, EHESS, Paris, Hindu conceptions of sound in Sanskrit sources (India)
  • 12h - Alpana R. Dongre and Amit J. Wahurwagh, Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology Department of Architecture and Planning Nagpur India, The original acoustics of Sixteenth- Century Mughal Heritage of Burhanpur (India)
12h30 – 14h [Lunch]

SESSION: Theorizations of sound - II

Session chair: Brian FG Katz, Audio Acoustic group, LIMSI-CNRS UPR 3251, Orsay

  • 14h - Nina Ergin, Koç University, Archaeology and History of Art, Istanbul (in US in 2015), Linking the Universal Community of Muslims (umma) Across Time and Space: The Sound- and Smellscapes of Ottoman Mosques and Tombs
  • 14h30 - Jean-Christophe Valière, Equipe Archéologie du son - Institut Polytechnique Poitevin de recherche en Ingénierie, Mécanique et Énergétique CNRS - UPR 3346, Towards a history of architectural acoustics using archeological evidence: how recent works on acoustic pot implementations enlighten the quest of sound quality in churches from XIth to the XVIIth century. (France)


  • Session chair: Jean-Paul Thibaud, CNRS, Centre de recherche sur l’espace sonore et l’environnement urbain/CRESSON, Ambiances architecturales et urbaines, Grenoble
15h15 – 16h -Restitution workshop of first and second year Master students’ work from the Nantes Graduate

  • School of Architecture (2014-2015) on the representation of light and sound in Cistercian abbeys (conserved, in ruins, destroyed, or still occupied) as part of the commemoration of the 900th anniversary of the founding of the Abbey of Clairvaux (Aube) and under the direction of Pascal Joanne, Laurent Lescop and Bruno Suner. Proposals for use or conversion with the help of digital reconstitution, simulation, or immersion will be presented.
16h – 16h30 [Coffee break]

  • 16h30 - 17h30 Round table
This workshop will be followed by a round table wrap-up summarizing the main points of the symposium and initiating ideas for consideration in the context of a project for publication.