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The CREM is dedicated to the study of musical practices and knowledge as processes of sociocultural differentiation and as universal forms of human expression. This approach, based on a collection of musical data as well as ethnographic investigation, subscribes to an anthropology of music which acknowledges and incorporates its sociocultural, aesthetic, formal, acoustic, kinetic, and cognitive dimensions.

The centre furthermore studies new and under-researched subjects of the discipline, such as dance and choreography, the cultural and cognitive construction of emotion, and representations of sounds. Individual researchers and research groups develop themes and regularly present them in seminars held by the laboratory.

The CREM manages a vast library collection (with both books and music archives) of great patrimonial value that is consulted by an international audience. The researchers hold responsibilities in teaching ethnomusicology at University Paris 8 St. Denis and University Paris Nanterre. The Ministry of Culture makes a vital contribution to the diffusion and development of CREM’s research, mainly through the use of multimedia technologies.

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Programmes de recherche au CREM

  • Cross-Disciplinary and Multicultural Perspectives on Musical Rhythm
    The CREM collaborates on the project “Cross-Disciplinary and Multicultural Perspectives on Musical Rhythm” with New York University teams (NYU Abu Dhabi and New York), providing a corpus of analysis constituting a selection of traditional music sound recordings from the CNRS-Musée de l’Homme sound archives.
  • Atmah
    The Alignment Task for Musical Archives Heritage (ComeUE UPL) is an interdisciplinary project (incorporating computer science, library and information science, and human and social sciences) that brings together the LESC, the LIASD, and the World Cultures Institute (Maison des Cultures du Monde), as well as data from the National Library of France and the Quai Branly Museum to strengthen the connections between ethnomusicology collections and their partners (audio recordings, objects, iconography).
  • Pan-e-pedia
    Designed as a platform for archiving and consultation, as well as a tool of analysis for a research project on organological development, Pan-e-pedia seeks to portray the stunning diversity of a recent instrument family: steelpans.
  • Sawa
    Indigenous Wayana- Apalaí knowledge – A new approach to restitution and its implications for forms of transmissionThe goal of this project is the empowerment and restitution to the Wayanas and Apalaís of sound, film, and photographic collections documenting the knowledge of these indigenous people of Guyana. The project also proposes a reflection on restitution practices and their impact on the transmission of “traditional” knowledge. Its originality lies with the central role accorded the studied populations – a Wayana-Apalaí team is actively participating in the conception of the portal (the tool of restitution) as well as defining selections, modalities of analysis, and conditions of access to the data. Responding to local demand, the project includes collaboration with the Wayanas and Apalaís on a book documenting an important body of ritual chants and a study of Wayana museum collections, particularly those of the Quai Branly Museum, which holds ancient ritual objects referenced in the chants. The Amerindian Ethnological Teaching and Research Center is leading programs to develop audiovisual collections in collaboration with the societies being studied and this project will integrate the creation of modes of interactive distribution of synchronized sound and text along with multimedia links to texts and objects. The project unites domestic cluster partners (Laboratory of Ethnology and Comparative Sociology, Quai Branly Museum) with those in Guyana, Germany, and Brazil.   Funding Labex Les passés dans le présent   Partners LESC CNRS Université Paris Nanterre Musée du quai Branly Université de Bonn (Allemagne) Laboratoire d’Image et Son en Anthropologie (LISA) de l’Université de São Paulo (USP) (Brésil) Musée des Cultures guyanaises (MCG) à Cayenne Direction des Affaires culturelles (DAC) de Guyane Conseil Région de Guyane Association Ipê   Team Coordinators : Valentina Vapnarsky (LESC) et André Delpuech (musée du quai Branly) Lead researcher : Eliane Camargo (EREA/LESC)   Website http://passes-present.eu/fr/les-projets-de-recherche/connaissance-active-du-passe/savoirs-autochtones-wayana-apalai-guyane#.V0QWcdeJfuc
  • Sound-Space
    Sound-Space. Interdisciplinary approach to sound environments. Sound-Space is an interdisciplinary project of University Paris-Lumières which gathers ethnomusicologists from LESC-CREM (UMR, CNRS-UPN with musicologists of EA 1572 (Musidance, Paris 8).
  • Polimus
    Music and Memory Politics: Emergence, History, Appropriations POLIMUS is a LabEx Les passés dans le présent program.
  • Milson
    Pour une anthropologie des MILieux SONores The MILSON program gathers anthropologists and artists who consider ambient sound in its sociocultural context of production and perception. Studies dedicated to sound emerge in different disciplines: musicology, architecture and urbanism, ethnomusicology, acoustics and psychology, history, as well as computer sciences. Though the study of ethnographic cases, MILSON take into account the heritage of such disciplines, while seeking to identify the anthropological stakes of ambient sounds. It explores the complexity of « sound milieux » in particular such as sonic productions in public areas, places of worship, stations etc. implying complex sound perception process and revealing spatial peculiarities. The program is an attempt for understanding their formal complexity, dynamics, and their social and cultural settings. On the basis of fieldwork investigations carried out in different cultural contexts, the program explores various modalities of social life constructs. Moreover, this project innovates by relating ethnographic studies, theoretical debate, technical digital tools and multimedia productions.   Partners Fondation Fyssen (financement 2011-2015) Université Paris-Lumières (financement 2015) École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris (ENSBA) International Ambiances Network   Team Lead : Christine Guillebaud   Website http://milson.fr
  • Dacaryh
    The Calypso Rhythm Throughout History: A Data Science Approach  The project DaCaRyH strives to enrich the pracrice of ethnomusicology in bringing traditional music repertoires together with Music Information Retrieval (MIR) technologies and techniques.
  • Diadems
    The project Diadems (Description, Indexation, and Access to Ethnomusicological and Sound Documents) is financed by the Contint (Content and Interaction) program of the French National Research Agency.
  • Sources of Ethnomusicology
    Sources of Ethnomusicology
    The project entails the digitization, documentation, and promotion of ethnomusicological auditory and audiovisual archives conserved at Labex, the French National Library (BnF), the Quai Branly Museum, and the Center for Research in Ethnomusicology (CREM) of the Laboratory of Ethnology and Comparative Sociology (LESC). The objective is to pursue the digitization and documentation of emblematic archival collections (great scientific events, exhibitions, and producers), and to make them available to different audiences by creating links between complementary but disparate collections. On this occasion, a common ethnomusicological frame of reference (music instruments, voice, dance, etc.) will be developed, thereby constituting a first step for the sharing of data. What is at stake with this project is the facilitation of access to these heritage collections, the wider distribution of the world’s oral musical traditions, and innovative modes of digital access.Building on this first step, other French and European institutions with similar collections can become program partners. Funding Labex Les passés dans le présent   Team Project Manager : Pascal CORDEREIX (BnF) Coordination Lesc-Crem : Aude Julien Da Cruz Lima   Internal Partners (Labex) National Library of France (BnF) Quai Branly Museum, Mediatech Laboratory of Ethnology and Comparative Sociology (LESC, UMR 7186, CNRS – Université Paris Ouest), Centre for Research in Ethnomusicology (Lesc-Crem)
  • The Musical Heritage of Nanterre's Residents
    The Musical Heritage of Nanterre's Residents
    This research/action project mobilizes a small team of master’s students from the campus of the University of Paris West Nanterre La Défense (UPO) to apply ethnomusicology to the very city that surrounds the campus. Begun at the beginning of 2010, it uses students in the professional master’s Ethnomusicology and anthropology of dance (EMAD) in UPO’s Department of Ethnology, Prehistory, Ethnomusicology.


Archives sonores CNRS-Musée de l'Homme

Le fonds d’archives sonores du CNRS – Musée de l’Homme rassemble des enregistrements inédits et publiés de musique et de traditions orales du monde entier, de 1900 à nos jours. Constitué de supports variés (cylindres, 78 tours, disques vinyles, bandes magnétiques, cassettes, supports numériques), ce fonds se positionne parmi les plus importants d’Europe en terme de qualité, de quantité et de diversité.

CRISTAL collectif : l'équipe dédiée aux « Archives sonores du CNRS — Musée de l'Homme (MNHN) » est lauréate en 2018 de cette récompense décernée par le CNRS aux équipes d'ingénieurs et de techniciens pour leur projet collectif innovant.

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Bibliothèque du CREM

Bibliothèque du CREM

Bibliothèque du CREM
La bibliothèque d'ethnomusicologie gérée par le CREM offre à ses lecteurs :

− Un fonds d'imprimés qui regroupe près de 2000 ouvrages répartis entre le fonds général et les fonds spécifiques donnés ou déposés au centre, plus de 400 travaux universitaires et de nombreux tirés-à-part (en cours d’inventaire)
− 95 collections de périodiques (politique d’abonnement en suspens depuis 2009),
plusieurs fonds d'archives scientifiques principalement composés de matériaux de terrain (en cours de traitement)

- Plusieurs fonds d'archives scientifiques principalement composés de matériaux de terrain (en cours de traitement).

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Agenda du CREM

Chili : mondes sonores de la révolte populaire, Rosalía Martínez (chercheuse honoraire au CREM-LESC, Université Paris Nanterre)
Atelier « Danses et musiques d'Amérique latine et des Caraïbes », CREM

06 Apr 2021 10:00 - 12:00

Contours "populaires" des danses "folkloriques" en Colombie (1958-1968) : archives du duo Los Darof (Darío Arboleda et Ofelia Betancur), Ivan Jiménez (MCF en études latino-américaines, laboratoire IMAGER - Université Paris-Est Créteil)
Atelier « Danses et musiques d'Amérique latine et des Caraïbes », CREM

23 Mar 2021 10:00 - 12:00

P1010243 copieLaisser faire : rythmes et improvisations dans l’uganga à Zanzibar, Marco Motta (Institut d'Anthropologie Sociale, Université de Berne)
Séminaire du CREM, CREM

15 Mar 2021 14:00 - 16:00

« Forces » rituelles et performances populaires. Mobilisations de l’esthétique de l’Inti Raymi dans la production musicale et audiovisuelle des populations kichwa d’Imbabura (Equateur)
Atelier « Danses et musiques d'Amérique latine et des Caraïbes », CREM

09 Mar 2021 10:00 - 12:00

P1090118Dynamique musico-rituelle et « savoir-agir » dans le xangô de Recife, Julie Donatien (UPN/CREM-LESC)
Séminaire du CREM, CREM

01 Mar 2021 14:00 - 16:00

Chants et danses kaapiwaya. Ethnohistoire d’une lingua franca rituelle dans un contexte multiethnique (Amazonie du Nord-Ouest), Emilio Frignati (doctorant en anthropologie, LAS-EHESS)
Atelier « Danses et musiques d'Amérique latine et des Caraïbes », CREM

09 Feb 2021 10:00 - 12:00

Sans titreCultures du numérique en Afrique de l’Ouest : une ethnographie des studios d’enregistrements à Bamako (Mali), Emmanuelle Olivier (CNRS/Centre Georg Simmel)
Séminaire du CREM, CREM

08 Feb 2021 14:00 - 16:00

Dernières publications du CREM

  • Petits pays, grandes musiques - Le parcours d'un ethnomusicologue en Méditerranée
    Petits pays, grandes musiques...
    Petits pays, grandes musiques : le parcours d'un ethnomusicologue en Méditerranée par Bernard Lortat-Jacob Société d'ethnologie, 2021, 512 p. Synthèse d’une vie de chercheur, d’enseignant et...
  • Zoom sur le son...
    Zoom sur le son...
    Ecouter le monde avec MILSON, les anthropologues des MILieux SONores Par Christine Guillebaud Lettre d'information de l'InSHS, 68 (nov. 2020), p. 25-28 La lettre de l’inSHS du CNRS consacre...
  • INOUI - Musiques du monde de Nanterre
    INOUI - Musiques du monde de N...
    À travers des portraits filmés de musiciens, professionnels ou amateurs, INOUI, Musiques du monde de Nanterre présente une vie musicale foisonnante, pourtant invisible, pour ne pas dire inau...
  • Bernard Lortat-Jacob/L'ethnologie en héritage
    Bernard Lortat-Jacob/L'ethnolo...
    Bernard Lortat-Jacob Collection "L'ethnologie en héritage" (DVD) Pourquoi la musique est-elle si importante dans les petites sociétés rurales de Méditerranée et si indispensable à la réussit...
  • Cinéma, audiovisuel, son - Culture et Recherche n°141
    Cinéma, audiovisuel, son - Cul...
    Cinéma, audiovisuel, son dossier coordonné par :Jean Carrive (INA), Géraldine Poels (INA), Barbara Turquier (La Fémis), avec la collaboration de Solène Bellanger (Ministère de la Culture/DGC...