RICHARD DUMBRILL, IRVING FINKEL and BRUNO DE FLORENCE wish you all a prosperous academic new year with loads of cuneiform tablets of musical theory, of wonderful iconographic pieces and seals, and loads of extant instruments dug out from the sands of Mesopotamia and around – in our dreams!
The past year has been very busy with Richard Dumbrill’s missions in Iraq and Lebanon and conferences in other locations. ICONEA 2014 was by far the most animated as diverging views clashed at the Oriental Institute and resulted in stimulating further research.
ICONEA 2014 hosted BIBAL scholars who came to celebrate the late Professor McClain’s long and prolific life. Amine Beyhom concluded his comprehensive book on Byzantine Music, certainly the most reliable to date for which we all congratulate him.
I wish particularly to welcome Julia Katarina in the ICONEA team. Julia is an Arabist, studied archaeology, she is a musician, singer, cellist and oudist, as well as specialised in music psychology and has many more hidden talents which I discover everyday. Both Julia and myself will be carrying field work in the Near East during the next years, as well as research work in the UK..Julia will be my co-editor for ICONEA publications and other musical and organological productions. You can contact Julia on firstname.lastname@example.org
Dear ICONEA-NEMO Members, fellows, friends and supporters,
We are pleased to inform you that we are now hosted at the FACULTY OF ORIENTAL STUDIES at the University of Oxford, affiliated to the ARAM SOCIETY FOR SYRO-MESOPOTAMIAN STUDIES founded by Dr. Shafiq Abouzayd. Our seminars and conferences will be held, principally at the Faculty. ICONEA-NEMO retains its affiliations with other institutions such as the Sorbonne in Paris, Harvard in the USA, AUB in Beirut, and at the Institute of Musical Research of the University of London and other institutions.
Our new coordinates are now: ARAM – ICONEA – NEMO – UK, FACULTY OF ORIENTAL STUDIES, University of Oxford, Pusey Lane, Oxford OX1 2LE – UK
Tel: +44 20 7751 5770; Mobile: +44 07930 150 600
All postal mail to be addressed to: Richard Dumbrill 10 Tadema Road, LONDON SW10 0NU – UK
Illo Humphrey – Ph. D. | HDR | was elected the 28th of June, 2014, Fellow and Member of the Board of ICONEA-NEMO at the Faculty of Oriental Studies of the University of Oxford, Pusey Lane, Oxford OX1 2LE – UK: http://www.iconea.org/?cat=23.
ICONEA-NEMO are honoured by Illo Humphrey’s acceptance to be a Fellow and a Member of our research groups. Dr. Illo Humphrey, Mediaevalist | Musicologist | Proto-Philologist, earned, on the 23rd of June 2014, at the University of Paris X-Nanterre (since 2007: Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense), his post Doctoral Habilitation Degree to conduct Graduate, Doctoral and Post-Doctoral Research, under the Direction of Professor Iegor Reznikoff. The Defense Jury was composed of Pr. Dr. Frédéric Billiet (Université Paris IV-Sorbonne); Pr. Dr. Richard J. Dumbrill (University of London); Pr. Dr. Maurice Sachot (Université Marc Bloch-Strasbourg); Pr. Dr. Iégor Reznikoff (Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense); Pr. Dr. Fabio Troncarelli (Università degli Studi della Tuscia-Viterbo); Pr. Dr. Étienne Wolff (Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense); the Pre-Rapporteurs were: Pr. Dr. Richard J. Dumbrill (University of London), Dr. James Grier (University of Western Ontario), Pr. Dr. Massimo Privitera (Università degli Studi di Palermo).
Dr. Humphrey’s Habilitation degree was unanimously approved by all members of the jury who all recognized Illo Humphrey’s mastery of Boethius, of Ancient and Mediaeval Musicology, of Proto-Philology (i. e. ecdotic sciences including: the study of main texts, glosses, punctuation signs, notae sententiarum, that is to say diacritical cross-reference and omission signs, etc.), Latin Stenography (i. e. Tironian Notes), palaeography, codicology, etc.
Dr. Humphrey’s Habilitation thesis, based on fundamental research exploring the influence of the philosophy of numbers and proportions (ἡ toῦ ἀriqmoὺ oὐsίa: Platon, Timaios¶ 35-36 | substantia numeri: Boethius, De arithmetica I,2) and the philosophy of musical intervals and musical sound (ὁϕθόγγος, -ου: Platon, Timaios¶ 80 | phthongos: Boethius, De musica I, 8) on the genesis of consciousness (ἡ τῆς ψυχῆς γένεσις: Platon, Timaios¶ 35-36 |animæ generatio| anima mundi: Boethius, De arithmetica II,2 | Boethius De musica I, 1) and on the Cognitive Process in general (ἡgnώmh|cognitio) from Plato to Boethius, was entitled in French:
• Autour de Boèce: Genèse musicale et arithmétique de l’âme •
Title in English:
• On Boethius: The Genesis of the Soul-Consciousness, its musical and mathematical Implications •
Title in German:
• Über Boethius: Die musikalische und mathematische Entstehung der menschlichen Seele
Dr Illo Humphrey, HDR