vendredi 5 février 2021

Visualising the Unseen: Music in Visual Culture

22-24 July 2021, Prague
20th International Conference of Association RIdIM, Prague, Národní Muzeum, České Muzeum Hudby.

Association Répertoire Internationale d’Iconographie Musicale, in cooperation with the Czech National Museum Prague will host its 20th International Conference from 22 to 24 July 2021.

We invite proposals from researchers in the humanities and the social and cultural sciences to engage with the topic of visual culture, music iconography and music iconology.

It is a common topos that Music is described as the art of the unseen. The focus of this conference is on the different and diverse models that, since the known beginnings of reflection about music, have been used to understand, illustrate and explain the power of music to influence human existence. Often allocated to a transcendental place, beyond the visual, many of these models adhere in their mode of construction, or in descriptions of their impact, to imagery – be it myths such as that of Apollo and Marsyas, or Orpheus, the 12th-centruy Sankrit Hindu poem Gitagovinda illustrated by Manaku and Nainsukh of Guler in the 18th century, cosmic constructions or landscapes that relate the “real” and visible with the “transcendental” and unseen. The conference will delve into materialisations of these models that theorise music and their visualisations in different media.

Original research including, but not limited to, the following topics is welcome:

The conference language (abstracts, programme book and presentations) will be English.

Abstracts of max. 2,000 characters along with a short biography (max. 800 characters) should be submitted in Word format using the downloadable form by 18 December 2020 to

Important Dates

There will be a conference registration fee of Euro 195.

Confirmed Keynote Speakers

Programme Committee


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Vendredi 5 Février, 2021