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Instruments of culture and peace


Many complain about the backstage, or invasive, pollution of sound in daily lives, and solutions? Social anxiety is mirroring short and long term influences, notably from birth, or even pre-natal effects through a stressed mother (scientific trends differ, precisely for this reason, we give here an opportunity for discussion, acknowledging it as a vast and often neglected issue). Many refer to "how life in Nature" is so beautiful, where we can play music in a perfect ambiance, but can't or aren't moving a finger to do something about it. We are doing it. We are developing a project that not only deals with the essential creativity in the human being but also the setting up of biodiversity in a balanced environment, where one can be thyself. All who visit us feel well here - why? This subject matter is far more important than it seems at a first glance. There is too much ‘noise’ in most people’s lives, too many front page headlines, too many characters on stage, too many spotlights, and everybody talks about all at the same time… we can’t listen to each, we can’t think about each… we need ‘silence’, reflection, to listen to life and art. Why are so many people frustrated and often depressed? Why so much illness with such highly developed medical support? Among many factors, the "sound quantity and quality" in our lives is fundamental. And that of music in our psychological and social balance too. 


And - how music and creativity in sound can help a society in crisis? Fight fights, promote peace? How to help a society to be more united and less fragile? Can we, with our work, do better - and be part of the "positive productive" and not, as many do say, be the "useless" for the society? We are inviting you to discuss these and other prominent topics, which are intrinsically related to sound and musical instruments. Please come forward. In a society which is getting used to lightly give an opinion for anything and nothing in the social media, we invite those who "think" and - concretely "do something" - to visit, show, and think and do further.

We openly set and share our thoughts on the importance of the tools for culture and gathering which, indeed, musical instruments are, in human life. This call addresses, and bridges over, inclusionary reflections as these:

The enjoyment of the "being" and "making" in music.

Transposing tributary orientation from sociology into the music making and its correlation to the instruments played. 

Permeability of subject frontiers in the study of musical instruments.

Elaboration of typologies and models for practical organological output.

Theatrical representation in music making of the past, through replicas or original historical instruments, so to say, entailing a social reconstruction by the performance on period instruments.

And on the other hand, of how the construction of musical instruments  is viewed from a social-theatrical (as our "life is a stage") perspective.

Great sociological currents* applied in organology.

The development of answers to music through musical instruments, acoustics and technology.

The mental representation, in an individual's stimulation, of the music sphere and its objects.

The human action, and the biological instincts.

The exceptional communication and “knowledge spillover” [Jane Jacobs] opportunities occurring through the study of musical instruments and music.

The social-historical influence on what was done, and what is now perceived as was done, and of what is now done.

Dr Patricia Lopes Bastos / ANIMUSIC

[*Comte, Spencer, Marx, Weber, Durkheim, Solomon, Leroi-Gourhan, Parsons, Mead, Lewin, Girod, Tolmon, Lewin, etc., to name a few examples of leading sociologists.]

Congresso de Organologia

Organological Congress






20-22 | 09 | 2019

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at central mountainous Portugal

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8º Encontro Científico Internacional para o Estudo sobre Som e Instrumentos Musicais
8th International Scientific Meeting for the Study of Sound and Musical Instruments

About ANIMUSIC's Organological Congresses


ANIMUSIC's international conferences, bridging in such a special way the spheres of Science and Art, welcome the participation of thinkers and doers from all subject areas. We are an open community which is involved in research and creativity that deals, in any way, with sound and musical instruments. Among us: engineers, museologists, makers, historians, technicians, acousticians, biologists, musicians, conservators, composers, restorers, sociologists, organologists... all those who are dedicated to combining knowledge and going forward with renovated energy. We support relevant work and creative output, practical demonstrations and artistic performance, workshops and exhibitions... proposing, in our activities, a space and time for positive exchange and interdisciplinary discussions. 

Dr Patricia Lopes Bastos / ANIMUSIC

Programa inclui... _ Included in the program...​


Comunicações | Lectures

Concertos | Concerts

Cursos | Workshops

Exposição de Instrumentos EXHIBITION - ENCONTROIM

Visitas culturais | Cultural regional visits

Convívio, banquete... | Social gatherings, banquet...


Portugal has been rated as the third safest country in the world, after Iceland and New Zealand. So, by visiting us, you shall discover more of this amazing country and meet fellows who are interested in your work, in discussing ideas and in moving forward. This is project Erdissol-ANIMUSIC.




Call for Papers

2nd Call for Papers

Note: Priority participants have been confirmed on the 1st Call; if you have sent a proposal and have not received an answer, please write to us, your contact might have not reached us... Thank you!

We welcome proposals for:

  • individual papers (15 or 20 minutes + 5 minutes discussion);

  • panels (60 minutes);

  • lecture-recitals (30 or 45 minutes);

  • concerts (60 minutes)

  • workshops (~60 minutes, flexible);

  • and also instruments, posters, designs, books/recordings for exhibiting at the congress on purpose display stands, or other charming suggestions.

Presentations may be in English, Portuguese, French, Italian or Spanish, provided the PowerPoint is in English, the common language for all.

Please submit a short biography (100 words) along with your proposal/s.

Contact for proposals and information:


Paper proposals deadline (2nd Call): 

15 / 08 / 2019

Other proposals deadline: 

31 / 08 / 2019

Propostas _ Call for Papers

From past events...

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Have a look at ANIMUSIC's congress programs:

Quem _ Who
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