0900 1000 Registration/coffee
1100 Official opening with welcome speech by:
Paul Archbold; Irving Finkel and Richard Dumbrill
1200 Lunch (University restaurants at Senate House, Birkbeck College or at the School of Tropical Medicine)
The Oud in Near-Eastern Antiquity
Chair: Frédéric Billiet
1400 Piotr Michalowski: Strings and Things: The Cultural Space of String Instruments in Early Mesopotamia.
1500 Theo Krispijn: The Lute in Ancient Mesopotamia and its Socio-Cultural Context.
1600 Coffee/tea break
1630 Richard Dumbrill: The Oud from its possible Uruk origins origins in the iconography and the philology, and subsequent developments during the Akkadian period.
1730 Margaux Bousquet: A small lute from the Sukkalmah period of Susa and its reconstruction.
1800 Round table on the topics of the session.
The Oud in the Middle East
Chair: Amine Beyhom
0900 Malcolm Miller: The ‘Ud as a symbol of Middle-Eastern Cultural Dialogue: Radical Fusions in Recent Concert Music in Israel.
1000 Kiki Kennedy-Day: The veil and the oud: female musicians in the Islamic world
Assistant professor in the Dept. of Religious Studies at Manhattan College, Riverdale, NY
1100 Coffee Break
1130 Taiseer Elias: The Oud – From Folk to Symphonic Music.
1230 Amine Beyhom: Presentation of NEMO-Online.
1300 Lunch break
The Oud in Ancient Egypt
Chair: Piotr Michalowski
1400 Ricardo Eichmann: Extant lutes from the New Kingdom and the Coptic Period of Ancient Egypt.
1500 Peter Zamarovský and Dagmar Krejčí: An unusual depiction of a lute in the tomb of Rekhmire.
1600 Tea break
1630 Philippe Brunet: The absence of the lute in Archaic and Classical Greek organology.
1730 Round table on the topics of the session.
The Oud in the Western and Eastern Mediaeval Period
Chair: Irving Finkel
1000 Amine Beyhom: Two Persistent Misapprehensions about the ‘ūd.
1100 Coffe break
1130 David Halperin: The Rasâ’il Ikhwân al-Safâ’of the Ikhwan al-Safa: The seventh section on the making of instruments and their tuning, their construction and stringing.
1230 Lunch break
Chair: Richard Dumbrill
1400 Frédéric Billiet: Presentation of Musicastallis. “Playing the luth” in medieval iconography.
1500 Matthias Wagner: The making of the modern oud.
1600 Tea break
1630 General round table discussion.
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