AHRC network meeting for ‘Voices and Books’

Country: United Kingdom

City: Glasgow

Abstr. due: 18.08.2014

Dates: 08.09.14 — 08.09.14

Organizing comittee e-mail: Helen.Stark@ncl.ac.uk

Organizers: Strathclyde University


Humanities scholars working in earlier periods (1500-1800) are increasingly interested in the performance and aural reception of the scripted word. There is plenty of evidence to suggest that reading aloud and listening were ubiquitous in early modern culture. But the historical record cannot reveal how different texts sounded. In this workshop we explore the tools for description and the frameworks for comparison used by linguists and anthropologists and ask: how can they help us? We will also hear from John Milsom about how people learned to read musical notation in the past, experiment with different performance styles and hear from a modern story-teller about how he voices texts and the oral tradition in Ghana.

Saturday Programme

10.00 Neil Rhodes (St Andrews University): 'Speech and Text in Early Modern England: An Outline of Some Problems'
10.50 Communal sight-reading from part-books: live demonstration with RNCM vocal students, with commentary by Richard Wistreich 
11.45 Coffee
12.00 Abigail Williams (St Peter's College, Oxford) 'Practices of reading aloud in the eighteenth century' 

1.00 Lunch (at RNCM)

1.45 Richard Bethell (National Early Music Association): 'The Hegemony of Vocal Sound through the Long Eighteenth Century' (with live demonstration by a singer - followed by discussion)
2.30 Felicity Laurence (Newcastle University): 'Children's voices in the contemporary classroom'
3.15 Tea
3.30 Margaret Wilkinson (Newcastle University): Writing for radio
4.15 Closing discussion 
5.00 Finish

Conference Web-Site: http://www.rensoc.org.uk/news/ahrc-network-voices-and-books-1500-1800