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Aural Architecture Seminar with Ruth Webb

Monday, October 6, 2014 - 5:15pm to 8:05pm
Cummings Art Building, Room 103 435 Lasuen Mall, Stanford

Free and open to the public

As both a forum open to the public and a course offering academic credit to Stanford students (ARTH208C/408C, cross-listed with Classics, Music, Religious Studies, and CREEES), this year-long seminar explores the creation and operations of sacred space in Byzantium by focusing on the intersection of architecture, acoustics, music, and ritual.  The goal is to develop a new interpretive framework for the study of aural architecture and religious experience.  Leading scholars from the US and abroad will present their current research and lead the discussion.

Discussion will center on pre-circulated papers posted on the website before the individual sessions.  These readings will explore the relationship between sound and space by integrating the humanities with exact sciences.  Topics rage from architectural design and materials, Byzantine musicology, psalmody, medieval music notation, reconstructions of ritual and modern performance to the science of acoustics, computer modeling, and auralizations.

Meetings are scheduled on select Mondays in Cummings Art Building, room 103. 

October 6 | Ruth Webb

(UFR Département langues et cultures antiques, Université Lille III)

Topic: ekphrasis and sacred space


Bissera V. Pentcheva
Department of Art & Art History

General Public
Event Sponsor: 
Stanford Global Studies, the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies, and The University Seminars Program of the Onassis Foundation (USA)
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