June 27, 2018 - June 28, 2018

Affective horizons of 'song' in the long fifteenth century

Affective horizons of 'song' in the long fifteenth century

The relationship between music and emotions between the late 14th and early 16th centuries is a hot topic today, being approached by a steadily increasing number of scholars from diverse points of view. It is an era commonly understood to have witnessed the final flowering of 'medieval' music and literature, simultaneously with the proliferation of new, 'Renaissance' trends in learning and the arts; and it was a time of great ferment in the exploration of, and reflection on, emotions as they relate to musical expression and identity. Four specialists have been invited to guide a conversation that embraces different approaches to this rich topic of investigation, particularly as regards the idea and manifestations of 'song,' with its connections to vocality, literature, poetics, aesthetics, philosophy, music theory, and music analysis, and its relevance to both French and Italian environments. Readings will be made available beforehand, in order to maximize shared understandings and optimize discussions among the invited speakers, faculty, students, and public.


  • Pr Graeme BooneLE STUDIUM Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellow
    FROM: The Ohio State University - USA
    IN RESIDENCE AT: Centre for Advanced Studies in the Renaissance (CESR), CNRS, University François Rabelais of Tours - FR
  • Pr Philippe Vendrix,
    Centre for Advanced Studies in the Renaissance (CESR), CNRS, University François Rabelais of Tours - FR

Confirmed Speakers


Centre d’Études Supérieures de la Renaissance (CESR) :
59, Rue Néricault Destouches - 37000 TOURS - FR

The conference venue is unique. Located right next to the basilica of St Martin in the old city centre of Tours, the Centre d'Études Supérieures de la Renaissance (Centre for Advanced Studies in the Renaissance) is a teaching and research institution which welcomes students and researchers seeking initial or supplementary instruction in all aspects of the Renaissance. The Centre was initially constituted in 1956 on the basis of a library and a documentary archive, supplemented by a collection of photographs and databases. It is now a venue for multi-disciplinary instruction, which, in association with the various Faculties of the University, has responsibility for teaching and research in History, History of Art, Literature, Languages, Musicology, and Philosophy. It currently leads a large research programme dedicated to the cultural regional heritage (Intelligence des Patrimoines). As a research centre it brings together fifty or so researchers committed to the investigation of the "civilization of the Renaissance" from Petrarch to Descartes. Participants will be welcomed in this exceptional surrounding blending Middle Age and Renaissance cultures and will have the opportunity to discover French cuisine and wines.

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