Critical Music Histories: Eleni Kallimopoulou – The cultural history of the city through soundscapes

The cultural history of the city through soundscapes: Issues on research and methodology

What did the religious buildings of Thessaloniki sound like during the transition of the city’s characteristics from Ottoman to Greek? What kind of sonic communities were brought together in the soundscapes of those buildings? What does the sound research reveal to the cultural historian? And, what is more, how do we listen to a text, a picture or a building?

This lecture aims to give answers to the questions above, on the basis of a research project entitled “Learning Culture Through City Soundscapes- Teacher Handbook ”. Focusing on the sound history of the Old Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki- Geni Tzami, it suggests a critical approach to theoretical and methodological aspects of cultural and sensory history.


The Critical Μusic Histories study group was formed in January 2014 at the School of Music Studies, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, by A.U.TH. postgraduate and undergraduate students as well as recent alumni, supervised by Danae Stefanou, Assistant Professor in Historical Musicology.