Singing the Past Poster copie

Singing the Past Poster copie

Singing the Past. Music and the Politics of Memory

27-28 avril 2017

2nd Symposium international du Programme POLIMUS

Laboratoire d’Excellence (LABEX) “Les passés dans le présent : histoire, patrimoine, mémoire”, ANR-Programme Investissements d’avenir [ANR-11-LABX-0026-01]

Edifício ID. Sala multiusos 2. Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas. Universidade Nova de Lisboa

Comité d’organisation:

- Christine GUILLEBAUD (CNRS, Centre de recherche en ethnomusicologie, LESC-CREM UMR 7186, Université Paris Nanterre)

- Salwa EL-SHAWAN CASTELO-BRANCO (Instituto de Etnomusicologia, Centro de Estudos em Música e Dança, INET-md/Universidade Nova de Lisboa)

- Julien JUGAND (Centre de recherche en ethnomusicologie, LESC-CREM UMR 7186, Université Paris Nanterre)


Entrée libre dans la limite des places disponibles



Thursday, April 27

Morning: 10:00 – 12:30


Welcome and introduction

SESSION 1: Reshaping past struggles

Chair: Beverley Diamond (Memorial University, St John’s).


Maria Elizabeth Lucas (Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul). Sonic narratives of dystopia-utopia: thinking along with youth performative politics in Brazil

[Break: 11:15-11:45]


Rui Cidra (INET-md). Questioning Creole pasts: the ‘new music of Santiago’ and the poetics of the Cape Verdean nation

[Lunch: 12:30-14:30]

Afternoon: 14:30 – 17:15

SESSION 2: Past heroes and counter-narratives

Chair: Maria Elizabeth Lucas (Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul)


Jean Lambert (MNHN, CREM-LESC). The zajal sung poetry in Lebanon: popular historiography and expression of conflicts


Joël Cabalion (Université de Tours, CEIAS) & Julien Jugand (CREM-LESC). ‘If Bhimrao hadn’t been there’: singing emancipation amongst dalits of Maharashtra (India)

[Break: 16:00-16:30]

SESSION 3 I: From individual to collective memory
Chair: Maria Elizabeth Lucas (Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul)


Ariane Zevaco (CEIAS, CREM-LESC). From collective recollection to intimate nostalgia. On the musical poetics of memory in Tajikistan


Friday, April 28

Morning 10:00 – 12:45

SESSION 3 II: From individual to collective memory

Chair: Iñigo Sánchez (INET-md)


Leonor Losa (INET-md). Singing as in the past: the interpretation of traditional fados as vernacular historicity

SESSION 4: Reinventing the past traditions

Chair: Iñigo Sánchez (INET-md)


Christine Guillebaud (CNRS, CREM-LESC). The world of Pulsator. Reinventing the tradition of church bells tolling in contemporary Kerala (India).

[Break: 11:30-12:00]


Salwa El-Shawan Castelo-Branco (INET-md). Representing the past: the politics and aesthetics of musical heritage

[Lunch 12:45-14:30]

Afternoon: 14:30 – 18:30 

SESSION 5: Plurivocal memories
Chair: Salwa El-Shawan Castelo- Branco (INET-md)


Maho Sebiane (CREM-LESC, CFASS). Duplicity in song? Changing words for another history in United Arabs Emirates


Clara Biermann (CREM-LESC, CREDA). Candombe’s tributes. Musical construction of filiation, counter-narratives and honoring within the Afro-Uruguayan community

[Break 16:00-16:30]


Beverley Diamond (Memorial University, St. John’s). Giving voice when sonic memories are supressed

[Break 17:15-17:30]

17:30 – 18:30
Final round-table discussion
Moderator: Salwa El-Shawan Castelo-Branco, Christine Guillebaud, Julien Jugand

The 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.

From 20:30 onwards: Evening in a fado house with all the participants


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