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Alpes de Lumière’s inventory of Provence dry stone sheds

The “Bories” operation was launched in 1956 by Alpes de Lumière, an association working on the preservation of the natural and cultural heritage of the region of Haute-Provence in south-eastern France, created by Pierre Martel. The use of paper cards as datasheets is a substantial practice in Pierre Martel’s process of documentation and promotion of the lower Alps territory.

The inventory aspect of the association’s work was central since its beginnings. The aim of mapping the heritage of the territory was to promote a revival of its rich cultural legacy while the region was highly affected by the desertification of its inhabitants, its economical activities and its cultural facilities during the fifties.

Filing index cards was one of Pierre Martel’s constant concern, who used to document each of his own discoveries on heavy paper cards. Continuer la lecture de Alpes de Lumière’s inventory of Provence dry stone sheds

Rushes : appel à contribution – call for contribution

Appel à contribution : numéro spécial sur les rushes pour Bulletin de l’AFAS. Sonorités – Call for contributions : special issue about rushes for Bulletin de l’AFAS. Sonorités

Authors are invited to contribute to a future issue of the journal Bulletin de l’AFAS.Sonorités dedicated to rushes of documentary films (cinema or television), their transformation into archives and their use by researchers in the Humanities and Social Sciences. The Editorial Board particularly welcomes studies based on one or more collections of oral testimonies that have been filmed, archived, documented andmade accessible. Continuer la lecture de Rushes : appel à contribution – call for contribution

The Archive of Luisa Orrù, thinking of archiving

The Historical Archive of the University of Cagliari (whose director is Cecilia Tasca) has recently received an important sound archive by Luisa Orrù among its funds. This anthropologist was born in Sardinia in 1944 and she studied Sardinian Linguistics at the University of Cagliari. After her Master degree, she started teaching in middle school and, in 1974, she became History of Popular Traditions assistant professor with the supervision of Enrica Delitala. She later started collaborating with the anthropologist Pietro Clemente and participated in collecting biographical material on Tuscanian women. In 1982 she started interviewing Sardinian women as part of her study on  reproductive cycles. In 1986 she successfully became associate professor of Cultural Anthropology at the University of Cagliari and continued her research. Luisa Orrù died in 1998, due to her illness.

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Dive into Europeana to listen to the sea

In December, the Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS) present music and sound archive collections, picked up from the following centres : Centre de recherche en ethnomusicologie (CREM), the Centre de Recherche sur l’Espace Sonore et l’environnement urbain (CRESSON) and from the phonothèque de la Maison Méditerranéenne des Sciences de l’Homme (MMSH). Continuer la lecture de Dive into Europeana to listen to the sea

A Matera, les archives nourrissent la création… conférence internationale 11-12 septembre 2017

International Conference / Conferenza internazionale
Conférence internationale
Food for Art
Archives as driver for 2019 creative communities
Archivi come nutrimento per le comunità creative del 2019
Les archives nourrissent les communautés créatives en 2019
Matera, Casa Cava – 11/12 09-2017

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Reviving the sound archives of Tanzania

In Tanzania, since 2011, a project is raising to highlight Tanzania’s historical memory relating to the African Liberation Heritage. To safeguard and ensure the preservation of endangered public archives in Tanzania, most institutions are promoting its heritage for present and future generations sustained by the UNESCO and European Community.

Sound archives are essential to transmit the vitality, memory and oral history through the voices of the country. This heritage archive reflects the diversity of languages, cultural identities and culture of Tanzania. Continuer la lecture de Reviving the sound archives of Tanzania

Five steps to a good “sound archive recipe”

It’s more than two years since the MMSH Sound Archives Team1 started to publish recipes on its scholarly blog Les carnets de la phonothèque from records in the field. At the beginning it was mostly a question of highlighting archives rarely used or unknown…

The MMSH Sound Archive Center ‘Phonothèque’2 It  holds more than 8000 hours of sound archives and more than 6000 hours have been digitized and are presented in an online catalogue3 ; around 3000 hours of sound recordings are directly accessible online. As we wished to highlight part of these collections, we choose to write posts about sound archives topics and of course, recipes was simple to choose: short playing, precise topic, organized with a beginning and an end. So, since November 2014, we publish (ed )every last Monday of the month a recipe linked to a field recording research by an anthropologist, a historian, a sociologist; 27 so far, so…

What is a good “sound archive recipe”?
Actually the recipes-madness has caught us! Each time a new archive collection is deposited at the MMSH Sound Archive Center, there is a question on all our minds: will there be a good sound archive recipe in it? By the way, the  Recipes Project prompts us to ask ourselves a challenging question: What is a good sound archive recipe? Here is the answer in 5 steps: Continuer la lecture de Five steps to a good “sound archive recipe”

  1. Mathilde Bresc, documentalist, suggests us every month a recipe picked up in  Ganoub, the sound archive database and editorialize it. []
  2. The Phonothèque is an archival research center, created at the end of the 1970’s by Philippe Joutard, a contemporary historian, and Jean-Claude Bouvier, a specialist in ethnic dialects, both wishing not only to preserve their recordings and to have field interviews published, but also seeked to make their sources available for the general public. When the sound archive center was integrated in the “Maison méditerranéenne des sciences de l’homme” (MMSH) in 1997 it opened to all the Humanities and Social Sciences with a focus on the Mediterranean area. []
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Call for papers – ethical and legal issues surrounding the dissemination of digital social sciences and humanities data

Since 2011 the French working group « Ethique et Droit » has been researching practical solutions toethical and legal questions surrounding the creation, use and edition of digital sources. The group comprises researchers, information managers and legal experts. It aims to write a collective guide on ethical and legal best practices when disseminating social sciences and humanities data. The guide will be published online. Since 2015 the project has benefited from the support of DARIAH (Digital Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities).

Several seminars have taken place since 2011 to discuss practical experiences and to start writing the guide. A series of blog posts has also been published on the project blog:

The first part of the guide will gather an edited version of these blog posts and seminar presentations. The second part will be made of papers selected as part of this call for written papers. The call is open to anyone interested in the ethical and legal issues surrounding the dissemination of social sciences and humanities data.


“How to disseminate social sciences and humanities data: experiences and solutions.”

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Enriching MMSH’s sound archives : participate in a collaborative afternoon on October 17th

On October 17th, in the middle of the Open Access Week, and in the frame of the Europeana Sounds program, we invite you to join us in an afternoon dedicated to the annotation of the MMSH sound archives in order to help us to enrich our sourds with a focus on the geolocation. You will tag on History Pin a set of oral history interviews from the MMSH Sound Archives Center. For this session, we choose two very different historical periods : a collection about oral memory of Armenians living in Bouches-du-Rhône  (South of France), and an other about french people in Algeria in the middle of the 20th century ; both are under creative commons CC-BY. Continuer la lecture de Enriching MMSH’s sound archives : participate in a collaborative afternoon on October 17th

Les sons d’Istanbul

Soundscape of Istanbul : exposition du 24 juin au 23 juillet à Istanbul / Exhibition about the project Soundscape of Istanbul open between June 24th-July 23rd.

Le projet Soundscape of Istanbul a été créé par Pınar Çevikayak Yelmi dans le cadre de sa recherche doctorale à l’Université Koç sous la direction des professeurs Nina Ergin, Sertaç Käki et Asım Evren Yantaç.

Soundscape of Istanbul propose d’approcher la vie quotidienne urbaine, d’hier et d’aujourd’hui, du point de vue sonore. L’objectif est d’accroître la sensibilisation du public aux sons culturels à partir d’un site interactif ; non seulement parce que les sons sont partie prenante de notre vie quotidienne et de notre culture mais aussi parce qu’ils sont essentiels en termes de patrimoine culturel immatériel. Ce patrimoine culturel est en danger à cause des caractéristiques physiques du son lui-même mais aussi de la structure dynamique de la culture immatérielle. Les sons qui ne sont pas protégés ou archivés se perdent à jamais. Dans une ville dynamique comme Istanbul, la vie quotidienne et les sons urbains ne cessent de changer, à une vitesse ultra rapide. Il est donc nécessaire, si l’on veut protéger les repères sonores culturels de la ville, de les archiver aussi rapidement que possible pour maintenir l’identité culturelle et de la mémoire culturelle. Continuer la lecture de Les sons d’Istanbul