Events

Sounding Communities: Music and the Three Religions in Medieval Iberia

General Programming

Cosponsors
  • University Seminar on Medieval Studies
  • Medieval and Renaissance Studies
  • Latin American and Iberian Cultures
  • Center for Ethnomusicology
  • Department of Music
  • Department of History
  • Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life
  • Foundation for Iberian Music, CUNY
  • Medieval Studies, CUNY
  • Center for Latin American and Iberian Music, University of California at Riverside

Poetry, song, and other forms of performance in Arabic, Latin, Hebrew, and Romance are central sources for the cultural and social history of medieval Iberia. This international conference brings together scholars of music, literature, and history to reflect on the insights that the sounding arts and their context can offer into Iberian communities and the interactions among them. Sounding Communities is dedicated to the memory of Maria Rosa Menocal (1953-2012), whose influential book The Ornament of the World: How Muslims, Jews and Christians Created a Culture of Tolerance in Medieval Spain was widely read as an eloquent account of peaceful coexistence. Although her vision of convivencia is contested, Menocal's contributions continue to inform the study of medieval Iberia and to remind us of the prevalence of cultural interchange through music and poetry.

Note: Thursday, February 27 panels will be at CUNY Graduate Center, Skylight Room; Friday, February 28 panels will be at Faculty House, Columbia University

Program

February 27, 2014  Thursday

3:45pm - 4:00pm EDT

Arrival and Introduction at CUNY Graduate Center, Skylight Room

4:00pm - 5:30pm EDT

Session One
Chair

Patricia Grieve

Nancy and Jeffrey Marcus Professor in the Humanities

Columbia University

“Traffic and Trade in Music and Musicians: Conduits of Courtly Culture in Medieval Iberia”

Dwight Reynolds

Professor of Religious Studies

University of California, Santa Barbara

"The Andalusi Turn: The Nuba in Mediterranean History”

Carl Davila

Professor of History

State University of New York at Brockport

“Marketing Mysticism: Shushtari from the Medieval Suq to the Sacred Music Festival Circuit”

Lourdes Alvarez

Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences

University of New Haven

5:30pm - 5:45pm EDT

Break

5:45pm - 6:30pm EDT

Lecture and Demonstration
The Sephardic Romancero

Judith Cohen

Ethnomusicologist

York University, Toronto

6:45pm - 7:45pm EDT

Closing Remarks

8:00pm - 9:00pm EDT

Concert by the New York Andalus Ensemble

Samuel Thomas

Artistic Director

New York Andalus Ensemble

February 28, 2014  Friday

9:15am - 9:30am EDT

Arrival and Introduction at Faculty House, Columbia University

9:30am - 10:30am EDT

Session Two
Chair

Jesús R. Velasco

Professor, Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures

Columbia University

“Medieval Iberian Song in its Mediterranean Context: from Andalusian muwashshahat to the Cantigas de Santa Maria”

Manuel Pedro Ferreira

Associate Professor of Musicology

Universidade Nova de Lisboa

“Social Antagonisms in the Serranillas"

Benjamin Liu

Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies

University of California at Riverside

10:30am - 11:00am EDT

Break

11:00am - 12:00pm EDT

Session Three
Chair

Antoni Pizà

Director

Foundation for Iberian Music, CUNY

“The Mozarabic Chant as a Model for the Construction of Cultural Identity”

Carmen Julia Gutiérrez

Professor of Musicology

Universidad Complutense de Madrid

“Processions in Context: Ritual and Music for Assumption feasts at Seville Cathedral During the Late Middle Ages”

Juan Ruiz Jiménez

Professor of Musicology

Granada

12:00pm - 2:00pm EDT

Break Two; Visit Rare Book and Manuscript Library Exhibition

2:00pm - 3:30pm EDT

Session Four
Chair

Adam Kosto

Professor of History

Columbia University

“The Verona Orationale as a Witness to Visigothic Liturgy, Chant, and Exegesis”

Rebecca Maloy

Associate Professor of Musicology

University of Colorado, Boulder College of Music

“The Antiphonary of Leon and its Prologues”

Susana Zapke

Professor and Guest Researcher of Musicology

Austrian Academy of Sciences

“The Infanta Speaks: Court and Family in the Refounding of the See of Tuy, 1071”

Lucy Pick

Senior Lecturer in the History of Christianity in the Divinity School; Associate Faculty in the Department of History

University of Chicago Divinity School

3:30pm - 4:00pm EDT

Break Three

4:00pm - 5:00pm EDT

Closing Discussion
Moderator

Seth Kimmel

Assistant Professor of Latin American and Iberian Cultures

Columbia University

Discussant

Alessandra Ciucci

Lecturer in Ethnomusicology

Northeastern University

Discussant

Don Randel

Professor Emeritus of Music

University of Chicago

Participants
  • Patricia Grieve Nancy and Jeffrey Marcus Professor in the Humanities Columbia University
  • Jesús R. Velasco Professor, Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures Columbia University
  • Antoni Pizà Director Foundation for Iberian Music, CUNY
  • Adam Kosto Professor of History Columbia University
  • Dwight Reynolds Professor of Religious Studies University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Carl Davila Professor of History State University of New York at Brockport
  • Judith Cohen Ethnomusicologist York University, Toronto
  • Lourdes Alvarez Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences University of New Haven
  • Samuel Thomas Artistic Director New York Andalus Ensemble
  • Manuel Pedro Ferreira Associate Professor of Musicology Universidade Nova de Lisboa
  • Benjamin Liu Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies University of California at Riverside
  • Carmen Julia Gutiérrez Professor of Musicology Universidad Complutense de Madrid
  • Juan Ruiz Jiménez Professor of Musicology Granada
  • Rebecca Maloy Associate Professor of Musicology University of Colorado, Boulder College of Music
  • Susana Zapke Professor and Guest Researcher of Musicology Austrian Academy of Sciences
  • Lucy Pick Senior Lecturer in the History of Christianity in the Divinity School; Associate Faculty in the Department of History University of Chicago Divinity School
  • Alessandra Ciucci Lecturer in Ethnomusicology Northeastern University
  • Don Randel Professor Emeritus of Music University of Chicago
  • Seth Kimmel Assistant Professor of Latin American and Iberian Cultures Columbia University