Learning culture through city soundscapes - An educational tool
Department of Music Science and Art, University of Macedonia
Learning Culture through City Soundscapes - An Educational Tool aims to understand cultural practices and cultural heritage through the ethnographic documentation of the soundscapes of the city. Specifically, through guided fieldwork projects centering on the sound topography of the city, participants create digital representations of the collected archival, textual, visual, musical and sonic data within an Interactive Digital Environment. This dynamic cartographic approach to the city soundscapes feeds back into the educational process, providing a useful medium for a critical understanding of the notion of culture.
The Educational Tool is designed for university programmes in the fields of ethnomusicology, music history, cultural history, anthropology, cultural studies and cultural geography. In the context of the research project, the team designed and prepared two end-products (available online on the projectʼs website: http://sonor-cities.edu.gr). (1) A Teacher Handbook that contains technical guidelines, theoretical material and other supportive material and forms the main reference for the teacher who runs Learning Culture through City Soundscapes - An Educational Tool in class. (2) A Pilot Application, which constitutes a dynamic digital representation of the sound history of the Old Archaeological Museum (Yeni Cami) of Thessaloniki over the twentieth century, and complements the Teacher Handbook as illustrative matter and as a case study.
Eleni Kallimopoulou, Lecturer, Department of Music Science and Art, University of Macedonia
Panagiotis Poulos, Faculty of Turkish and Modern Asian Studies, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
Kostis Kornetis, Assistant Professor, Centre for European and Mediterranean Studies, New York University
Spyros Tsipidis, PhD, School of Rural and Surveying Engineering, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki