Music and the Body Between Revolutions: Paris, 1789-1848

Friday, March 31, 2017 to Saturday, April 1, 2017
Heyman Center for the Humanities, Second Floor Common Room, Columbia University     map

This interdisciplinary conference and workshop will examine the interaction between music, science, and medicine in Paris, as they were influenced by the reframing of the self in the aftermath of successive revolutionary upheavals. It will bring together scholars from the fields of musicology, performance studies, literature, and the history of science and medicine in order to explore historical and emerging contemporary perspectives on the body. Friday's conference is open to the public. On Saturday we will be holding a workshop for conference participants to discuss draft papers. We encourage interested scholars from Columbia and the New York area to join this conversation, but pre-registration is required.

Friday, March 31: Conference
2:00-4:00pm: Nineteenth-Century Music and Science (Chair: Lydia Goehr, Columbia University)

  • John Tresch (University of Pennsylvania), "La Technaesthetique, or the Kick of the Cosmos"
  • Mark Pottinger (American Academy in Berlin), "Science, Madness, and the Sound of Disease in Donizetti's 'Lucia di Lammermoor' (Paris, 1837)"
  • David Trippett (University of Cambridge), "Sound and the Ultrasonic Imagination ca. 1876"

4:30-6:30pm: Bodies Politic (Chair: Elise Bonner, Columbia University)

  • Julia Doe (Columbia University), "On the Well-Being of Queen and Nation: Politics and Pastoral Fantasy at the Petit Trianon"
  • Rebecca Geoffroy-Schwinden (University of North Texas), "Music and the French Body Politic in Festivals of the French Revolution"
  • Francesca Brittan (Case Western Reserve University), "Neology, Fantasy, and the Revolutionary Body Politic"

Saturday, April 1st: Workshop

  • 10-11: Isabelle Moindrot (University of Paris 8), "Musique et musiciens de la Grande armée. Traces et rémanences culturelles de quelques usages non artistiques de la musique" [Respondent: Annelies Andries, Yale University]
  • 11-12: James Q. Davies (University of California, Berkeley), "Creatures of the Air" [Respondent: Michael Weinstein-Reiman, Columbia University]

12-12:30: Break

  • 12:30-1:30: Emmanuel Reibel (l'Université Lumière Lyon 2 - Institut Universitaire de France), "La musique comme corps : la métaphore de la dissection dans la critique (1820-1850)" [Respondent: Arden Hegele, Columbia University]

1:30-2:30: Break

  • 2:30-3:30: Céline Frigau Manning (University of Paris 8 - Institut Universitaire de France), "Opera and Hypnosis. Victor Maurel's Experiments in Suggestion With Verdi's Otello" [Respondent: Jessica Simon, Columbia University]

3:30-4: Break

  • 4-5: Carmel Raz (Columbia University), "Operatic Fantasies in Early 19th C. Psychiatry" [Respondent: Jeremy Blatter, New York University]