Exploration Full Fund (Excellence Strategy at the University of Tübingen)
Fundung period: Oktober 2018–Oktober 2020
Conference "Sacred Sound - Musical Manifestations of the Sacred between Theory and Practice"
Pfleghofsaal (Schulberg 2, D - 72070 Tübingen)
Severin Parzinger, Philosophical-Theological University SVD St. Augustin, severin.parzinger; Indigenous musical culture of the missions of Chiquitanos, Bolivia @googlemail.com
Priv. Doz. Dr. Wolfgang Vögele, University Heidelberg, Faculty of Theology, Insitute of Theology, 0721-33571557, wolfgangvoegele1; culture and theology of bells @googlemail.com
Peter Gietz (M.A.), DAASI International Tübingen, Digital Humanities/(DARIAH-DE, TextGrid), 07071-407109-0, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Matthias Lang, University of Tübingen, eScience-Center, coordinator, 07071-2972837, email@example.com
Dr. Anette Sidhu-Ingenhoff, SWR Studio Tübingen, Classical Musik/MusikGlobal, 07071-20938136, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. des. Mujadad Zaman, University of Tübingen, Center for Islamic Theology, 07071-2975389, mujadad.zaman; Mysticism in Islamic religious culture @uni-tuebingen.de
For almost all religions the musical dimension of sound represents an important factor. This is accompanied also regularly by a sacralisation of sound. While previous research mostly focused on separate factors of a single religion with attention only to either theory or practice, the current project intends to apply innovative interdisciplinary approaches and therefore includes foreign experts and methods of the digital humanities. The project concentrates on the sound phenomenon in itself beyond the conncetion to text, on interrelations between selected factors and on the different ways religions deal with their musical practice in the past as well as in current social discourses, and deduces three exemplary major fields of musical manifestations of the sacred: „A. Sacred Sound – Sacred Space“, B. „Tradition and change“ and C. „Communication with the transcendent“. Guiding principle for all studies is the differentiated view on both unifying and dividing aspects – beyond hasty judgements on similarities or incompatibilities. Research into the relationship of religions to music and art in the past and the present also offers a new chance for interreligious dialogue.
Research questions: How does interaction between architecture and interior of the sacred space on the one hand and sound on the other proceed; what is the relationship of various concepts concerning sacred space to their sociocultural constructions, to religious experiences and to liturgical forms.
Research questions: Presuppositions and processes that turn sound or musical expressions into sacred traditions, mechanisms of translation processes between different religious cultures and inside religous communities.
Resarch questions: Functions of sound as a medium of communication with the transcendent; vocal performance of sacred texts, functions of sound in considerations of magic aspects, semantics of acoustical generators of signals, reflections of such media functions in terms of theology, ritual theory, musical history and musical performance within various religions.