MaMo. Materializing Modernity

April 12 – May 6, 2021

An interdisciplinary webinar on modernist rurality that brings together experts in the field of architecture, ethnography, visual anthropology, cultural landscapes and heritage.

In many European countries, modernity seems to have been regarded chiefly as a state-based ideological and experimental project, providing an opportunity for new rural landscape and architectural ideas converging on the vision imposed by diverse ideologies.
In this context and regardless of the nature of the political ideology, the pre-existing rural landscape underwent reshaping processes that reflected into tangible transformations and interventions.
During 20th-century and at different times, many countries demonstrated all the difficulties involved in addressing and incorporating the memories, material culture and societal evidence of those modernisation processes, and the remains they left into the new democratic present. These tangible traces of the past represent remembrances of unsuccessful economic policies and lost political bets, encompassing cultural, societal, anthropological, and historical values and memories, still impacting people who live in those territories. The webinar will delve into how can we explore, document, investigate and interpretate these rural realities.

The webinar is organised by Federica Pompejano (MSCA IF Fellow researcher, Academy of Albanian Studies, Institute of Cultural Anthropology and Art Studies – Albania), and is part of a project that has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant.

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“Soundscapes” Symposium

March 29, 2021

As part of the Soundscapes symposium organised by the University of Trento, Nicola Scaldaferri will present his last book Sonic Ethnnography, co-authored with Lorenzo Ferrarini. The event aims to present a multifaceted and multidisciplinary approach to the concept of soundscape, broadly understood and open to different interpretations, readings, and “translations”. Speakers include Noora Vikman, Simone Torresin, Cristina Ghirardini, Domenico Torta, and Filippo Caon. The event will take place on Zoom, and will also be live streamed.

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Anthropology, Creative Practice and Ethnography

March 19, 2021

As part of the 2021 RAI Film Festival, Lorenzo Ferrarini and Nicola Scaldaferri, authors of Sonic Ethnography, will take part in a live conversation on the role of visual, acoustic and textual media for generating ethnographic understandings of social, cultural and political life. The event will take place on Zoom from 8pm to 8:30pm. Visit the official page to join the event.

Merry Christmas!

LEAV – Ethnomusicology and Visual Anthropology Lab wishes you a Merry Christmas with a short video filmed by Nicola Scaldaferri in San Costantino Albanese (PZ, Italy)! The female vocal ensemble Lule Sheshi, coached by Papàs Giampiero Vaccaro, performs here the Christmas Apolitikion from the Liturgy of Saint John Chrysostom. In this performance – filmed in the Church of St Constantine the Great (Greek Byzantine Catholic Church, Italo-Albanese Eparchy of Lungro) – a monodic version in Albanian is coupled with a polyphonic setting in Greek (two voices on a drone called ison). Antonietta Brescia (1929) also appears in the video. She is the only one in the village who still remembers the old liturgical songs, which she performed for the last time in Christmas 1947 (see below the photo by Giuseppe Chiaffitella).


Lindja jote, o Krisht Perëndia ynë, * shkrepi në jetë dritën e ditu- risë, * se për të dhe adhuruesit e ylëzvet * nga ylli qenë të mësuar * të të adhurojnë tyj si diellin e drejtësisë * dhe të të njihjin si lindje prej së larti. O Zot, lavdi tyj.

Ἡ γέννησίς σου Χριστὲ ὁ Θεὸς ἡμῶν, * ἀνέτειλε τῷ κόσμῳ, * τὸ φῶς τὸ τῆς γνώσεως· * ἐν αὐτῇ γὰρ οἱ τοῖς ἄστροις λατρεύοντες, * ὑπὸ ἀστέρος ἐδιδάσκοντο· * σὲ προσκυνεῖν, * τὸν Ἥλιον τῆς δικαιοσύνης, * καὶ σὲ γινώσκειν ἐξ ὕψους * ἀνατολήν, Κύριε δόξα σοι.

I ghènnisìs su, Christè o Theòs imòn, * anètile to kòsmo * to fòs to tis ghnòseos; * en aftì gar i tis àstris latrèvondes * ipò astèros edhidhàskondo * se proskinìn * ton Ìlion tis dhikeosìnis, * ke se ghinòskin ex ìpsus * anatolìn. Kìrie, dhòxa si.

“1947 Christmas Choir”, photo by Giuseppe Chiaffitella (Antonietta Brescia is fourth from the right)

Ethnomusicology and Visual Ethnography

December 15, 2020

As part of the “Sguardi Sonori” Series, organized by Università degli Studi di Cagliari, Nicola Scaldaferri will take part to a workshop on ethnomusicology and visual ethnography. The event will start at 4pm, and will be web-streamed on FB and YT pages of Università di Cagliari.

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