Veranstaltungen

des Teilprojekts „Epistemische Dissonanzen. Wissensobjekte und Werkzeuge frühneuzeitlicher Akustik“ (Leitung: Prof. Dr. V. Tkaczyk)

  

16.04.2019

Capturing Sound in the Premodern and Early Modern World

Organisiert von: Leon Chisholm und Leendert van der Miesen, in Kooperation mit der Research Group “Epistemes of Modern Acoustics” MPIWG


14.–15.09.18

Sound Objects in Flux: Knowledge, Science, Heritage 

Autorenworkshop organisiert von Leendert van der Miesen, Viktoria Tkaczyk und Rebecca Wolf in Kooperation mit dem MPIWG, dem Deutschen Museum, München und dem SFB 980. 

Sound objects – harps, organs, tuning forks, noise level meters, echoes, inner voices, or the harmonies of the spheres – have a long history that is deeply entangled with the cultural and sociopo litical configuration of these objects, the knowledge of professional and lay users, and scientific expertise.

Sound Objects in Flux brings these enmeshments to light, tracing the ways in which sound objects oscillate between concrete sound, instrumental objectification, and theoretical concept. Initiated in 2016, the Working Group asks when and how research objects became concrete objects, and what agency these objects have accrued in the domains of knowledge, science, and cultural heritage. By focusing on the global, long-term, and large-scale reconfiguration of sound objects and their manifold relationships with cultural and scientific practices, the Authors’ Workshop will explore and reframe the assumptions made in more general studies on the formation of scientific objects. Dealing with the ephemerality of sound allows us to explore overlaps between material objects, immaterial objects, and knowledge about those objects. Objects are in flux; they never “act” or stand alone. It is through sociopolitical or scientific negotiation, translation, and transmission that objects cross boundaries of nations, social units, or disciplines.
                    

18.05.2018

Reading Soundly. Workshop with Prof. Shane Butler, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore

Workshop auf Einladung der SFB-Teilprojekte B03 "Imaginatio. Imaginatives Sehen und Wissen – Theorien mentaler Bildlichkeit in Philosophie und Theologie des Mittelalters" (Leitung: A. Eusterschulte), B07 "Die Anekdote als Medium des Wissenstransfers" (Leitung: M. Möller) und C04 "Epistemische Dissonanzen. Wissensobjekte und Werkzeuge frühneuzeitlicher Akustik" (Leitung: V. Tkaczyk)

The Workshop will discuss three articles that are forthcoming or in progress:

The first, “Principles of Sound Reading,” which will appear in Sound and the Ancient Senses (edd. Shane Butler and Sarah Nooter), due out later this year, offers a close reading of the famous storm scene at the start of Vergil’s Aeneid, with particular focus on a single, richly sonorous line. Adducing parallels from elsewhere in Vergil, as well as from Homer, Aratus, Pacuvius, Lucretius, and Cicero, and exploiting the insights of recent theorists of sound, I look for answers to an ancient question: What is the relationship between the sound of poetry and the sounds represented in and by poetry?

The second, “Is the Voice a Myth? A Re-Reading of Ovid,” forthcoming in A Voice as Something More (eds. Martha Feldman and Judith Zeitlin), explores the tragic and violent story of Philomela in order to mount a critique of the Lacanian understanding of voice presented by Mladen Dolar in A Voice and Nothing More.

The third is a short, speculative piece about a letter in which Cicero asks about the “chatter” of the young daughter of his friend and frequent correspondent, Atticus. I use the exchange to consider how much our own philological instincts and desires really depend, in the end, on “words.”

Shane Butler is Nancy H. and Robert E. Hall Professor in the Humanities and Professor and Chair of Classics at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore.    

 

15.–16.09.2016

Sound Objects in Transition: Knowledge, Science, Heritage
Workshop des Max-Planck-Instituts für Wissenschaftsgeschichte und des Deutschen Museums (München) in Kooperation mit dem SFB 980 „Episteme in Bewegung“

Bells, stringed instruments, theater auditoria, pistols, phonographs, and synthesizers have a long history that is deeply entangled with the production of knowledge, science, and cultural heritage. The Working Group plans to bring these enmeshments to light, with a focus on three forms of sound objects: sound-generating, sound-transmitting, and sound-archiving objects. Alongside materially tangible objects (natural objects, artifacts, objets trouvés), the Working Group also considers immaterial sound objects (musical sounds, sounds of daily life, noise), passed on in written or pictorial form.

The Working Group asks when and how research objects became concrete objects, and what agency these objects have accrued in the domains of knowledge, science, and cultural heritage. We trace the role played by the objects’ materiality in such processes. When did their materials, their value, their sound, their shape change? How did their spatial or cultural embedment mold their use? We are interested in the extent to which sounding objects formed part of codified actions, artistic or technological practices, and social networks. How did they collect or communicate tacit knowledge? At what points did sound objects mark the transition from practical action to scientific research? Did objects circulate between scientific disciplines? And where did sounding objects escape from their scientific contexts to become everyday, communicative, museum, or art objects? How was their sound described, visualized, measured, archived, exhibited, digitized? Finally, we ask where the history of these objects flows into conventional narratives and where they write their very own history over long periods of time.

      

11.12.03.2016

New Materialism(s) und vormoderne Wissensdynamiken

Workshop konzipiert und organisiert von den Teilprojekten B01 „Artefakte, Schätze und Ruinen – Materialität und Geschichtlichkeit in der Literatur des englischen Mittelalters“ (Leitung: Prof. Dr. A. J. Johnston), B02 „Das Wunderbare als Konfiguration des Wissens in der Literatur des Mittelalters“ (Leitung: Prof. Dr. J. Eming) und C04 „Spielteufel, Narrenschiff, Totentanz. Figurationen von Risiko in Spätmittelalter und Früher Neuzeit“ (Leitung: Prof. Dr. V. Tkaczyk)

Gastredner: Prof. Jeffrey Jerome Cohen (George Washington University)

  

06.–08.11.2014

Modell + Risiko. Historische Miniaturen zu dynamischen Epistemologien
Internationale Konferenz in Kooperation mit Exzellenzcluster „Bild Wissen Gestaltung”

Modelle dienen der Bewältigung epistemologischer Risiken. Sie machen das Unwägbare wägbar, gewähren Zugriff auf das Unverfügbare, das Potentielle und Kontingente, vermitteln zwischen der Faktizität des Gegebenen und der sie erfassenden Theoriebildung. Eben weil Modelle Bedeutung erst im dynamischen Zusammenspiel mit ihrer epistemischen Umgebung erhalten, stellt sich die Frage, inwiefern historische Modellbildung und ‑anwendung durch differierende ästhetische, kulturelle oder politische Momente geprägt sind, welche die jeweilige Transfer- und Vermittlungsfunktion mitbestimmen.

Von einem solch nichtontologischen, kontextabhängigen Modellbegriff ausgehend, diskutieren die interdisziplinären Vorträge die materiellen und historischen Verfasst- und Bedingtheiten von Modellen und Modellvorstellungen. Als „historische Miniaturen“ gedacht, widmen sich die Beiträge in exemplarischer Form der Exploration und Tiefensondierungen historischer und epistemologischer Schichtungen. Dabei sichtbar werdende Verschiebungen, Brüche und Kontinuitäten des Modellgebrauchs sollen im Sinne einer Revision einer allzu scharfen wissensgeschichtlichen Trennung von Moderne und Vormoderne diskutiert werden.