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Cfp: Sounding Czech: Towards an Aural History of Bohemia and Moravia.

Sounding Czech: Towards an Aural History of Bohemia and Moravia: 18-19 September 2015, New York University Prague

The Center for European andMediterranean Studies at New York University and New York University Prague are seeking papers addressing the role of sound and aurality in the histories of Bohemia and Moravia. This two-day interdisciplinary graduate conference, to be held at NYU Prague, bridges musicology, history, literary and film studies, and oral history, and will be based around the following questions: What is the role that sound has played at different moments in the histories of Bohemia and Moravia? What is the relationship between sound and music in a Czech context? How can closer attention to the sonic dimensions of historical experience change our understandings of Czech culture and history? In what ways does the aural contribute to historical knowledge?

Sound and soundscapes do not exist outside of time or place. Their investigation is therefore by nature historical. Yet it is musicologists, rather than historians, who have traditionally risen to the challenge of examining sound in time. This conference invites papers from a range of disciplines which consider, among other topics, Czech modes of sound transmission and audio technology, the political uses of sound or music in a Czech context, the historical investigation of sites and moments in which sound or music has played an important role, the role of voice and voicelessness in Czech culture and history, and language as a form of sound. The conference organizers encourage interdisciplinary approaches to the above topics, as well as applications from those who seek to incorporate performance and/or multimedia into their presentations.

The language of the conference is English. Submissions should include a 300 word abstract and a CV. Applications from graduate students and early career researchers are particularly encouraged. The deadline for applications is April 17, 2015. Notification of acceptance will be made before May 18, 2015. 

Submissions should be sent to Rosamund Johnston, Jack Meadow and Veronika Pehe at, and The conference will be sponsored by the NYU Center for European and Mediterranean Studies and New York University Prague. Small contributions towards travel and/or accommodation for graduate students may be available.


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