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Musical Instruments and Material Culture
Thursday 26 March 2015
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Musical Instruments and Material Culture

Thursday 26 March 2015

The Pavilion (in the Horniman Gardens), Horniman Museum, 100 London Road, London, SE23 3PQ

This conference is held jointly by the Horniman Museum and Gardens and the Royal Anthropological Institute.

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09:30 Registration and coffee

10:15 Welcome/ Opening Remarks

Tim Corum, Director of Curatorial and Public Engagement, Horniman Museum

10:30-11:30 Panel 1: Combating Disempowerment

Khadija Abbasi, The Graduate Institute, Geneva: Dambora: The embodiments of sufferings, resistance and identities for Hazaras of Afghanistan

Veronica Doubleday, Goldsmiths, University of London: Moving the Spirit: Musical Instruments from Found Objects

11:30-12:30 Keynote Speech

Materials Matter: Towards a Political Ecology of Musical Instrument Making
Professor Kevin Dawe, University of Kent

12:30 – 13:30 Lunch

13:30 – 14:30 Panel 2: Spirituality and Enchantment

Dr Conor Caldwell, Queen's University, Belfast: A musical movement: The status of the fiddle in south west Donegal, 1850-2014

Owen Coggins, The Open University, UK: Sunn Amps and Smashed Guitars: Drone Metal’s Amplifier Cult

14:30-15:30 Panel 3: Meanings in Metal

Deidre Morgan, SOAS, University of London: The Norwegian munnharpe revival: A dialogue between material and intangible culture

Lyndsey Marie Hoh, University of Oxford: Brass Instruments in Benin: Metal, Meaning, and the Material Turn

15:30 – 16:00 Tea

16:00 – 17:00 Panel 4: Historic Instruments as Signifiers of Culture

Stephen Rees, University of Bangor, and Huw Roberts, independent Scholar: ‘Telyn Cefn Mably’ (‘The Harp of Cefn Mably’): A Newly-Discovered Triple Harp by Bassett Jones and the Abergavenny Eisteddfod of 1848

Dr Amanda Villepastour, Cardiff University: Sacred, Scientific and Political Encounters in the Consecration, Conservation, and Patrimony of a Cuban Drum

17:00 – 17:30 Concluding remarks

Professor Tim Ingold, University of Aberdeen

17:30 – 19:00 Wine reception

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