The 3rd International Encounter of the ACU – programme

The 3rd International Encounter of the Academy of Cultural Heritages (ACU) at Ermoupolis, Syros (Cyclades), Greece,  Oct. 1–8, 2019

Director of the congress and Academy: Eero Tarasti; assistants Paul Forsell, Helsinki; Lazaros Papoutzis, Florina, Greece

The convention consists of:
15th International doctoral and postdoctoral seminar of musical semiotics (Oct. 2– 5)
Symposium on Cultural Animation (Oct. 6 and 7)

Congress site: the Ritsos Hall at the Cultural Centre (behind the Municipality of Syros, M. Merkouri Str. next to the Apollo Theater)
Oct. 2nd Wednesday: Music seminar

Director: Eero Tarasti (Helsinki)
Co-directors: Márta Grabócz (Strasbourg), Mathieu Schneider (Vice-President, Strasbourg), Jean-Marie Jacono (Aix-Marseille), Joan Grimalt (ESMUC, Barcelona), Ricardo Monteiro (Cariri, Brazil)



  • Márta Grabócz, professor, Université de Strasbourg & Institut Universitaire de France:
    Musical Semiotics Today: Theories, Topics and Narrative Strategies


  • Ricardo Castro Monteiro, professor, Universidade Federal de Cariri, Brasil:
    Traits of 14th century Carolingian poetry (originally in Occitan) structuring extent passages of Brazilian “Folguedos” such as the Chegança

13-15 lunch


  • Panu Heimonen, PhD student, University of Helsinki:
    A Discourse model of Mozart’s entry themes: concerto form, temporality, and stylistic awareness
  • Janne Palkisto, MA, PhD student (musicology), University of Turku:
    Swedish-Finnish clarinettist and composer uses a masonry trowel –  Bernhard Crusell (1775–1838) playing for the poor people of Sweden
  • Eila Tarasti, MA, University of Helsinki Music Society (piano):
    From Style to Style: Classicism, Romanticism, Impressionism, Neoclassicism:  Mozart, Liszt, Ravel, Leiviskä

Oct. 3rd Thursday: Music seminar continues


  • Joan Grimalt, conductor, ESMUC (Escola Superior de Musica Catalunya), Barcelona:
    Essay on a Treatise in Musical Signification

History (19th century)

  • Jean-Marie Jacono, professeur de musicologie, Université Aix-Marseille:
    Two Orchestrations of Mussorgsky’s “Tableau d’une exposition” : Maurice Ravel and Leo Funtek – a comparison
  • Demetre Yannou, Emeritus Professor of Musicology, Univ. of Thessaloniki:
    Narrativity issues in Verdi’s Opera “Il Trovatore”

13-15 lunch

15-19 Music and literature

  • Malgorzata Grajter, PhD, Academy of Music in Łódź:
    Musical Arrangement and Literary Translation as a Means of Renewing and Preserving Cultural Heritages
  • Daniel Röhe, PhD, psychoanalysis, Department of Clinical Psychology and Culture – University of Brasilia:
    Oedipus returns to the opera
  • Eero Tarasti:
    Music and Other Arts: Theoretical Ideas to Study Music in different contexts, periods and styles, illustrated by the University of Helsinki Music Society’s Trio with Janne Palkisto, clarinet, Antto Tunkkari, vc, and Eero Tarasti, piano: Glinka, Trio Pathétique. Beethoven, Piano Trios in E-flat

Oct 4th Friday: Music seminar continues

10-13 Politics and modernism

  • Mathieu Schneider, Vice-Recteur, Université de Strasbourg:
    “La Marseillaise”: From war song to revolutionary anthem. Schumann, Wagner and “Die beiden Grenadiere”
  • Aleksi Haukka, PhD student, University of Helsinki:
    Rhematic signification of music revisited – a study in the light of songs as medium of propaganda in the Spanish War of Independence
  • Nikos Christodoulou (composer, conductor), Athens:
    Nikos Skalkottas, 36 Greek Dances for orchestra – form, style and idea

13-15 lunch

15-19 Music, landscape, visual

  • Rodrigo Felicissimo (PhD, conductor, Orquestra Sinfônica das Fábricas de Cultura da Zona Leste – Catavento Cultural e Educacional. Governo do Estado de São Paulo, Brasil) & Elisa Bracher (painter, São Paulo):
    In the quest of matrices for compositional music themes. Landscape and music: exploring soundscape phenomena as a mean for creative processes
  • Dr. Sok-Ja Janket, Forsyth Institute, Cambridge, MA. USA:
    Musical exposure and neurologic development in children
  • Joanna Złotkowska, student, Bachelor Degree, Academy of Music in Gdansk:
    Relationship between music and image in movies „Piąte: nie odchodź” by Katarzyna Jungowska and „Tatarak” by Andrzej Wajda
  • Sari Helkala-Koivisto, PhD, University of Helsinki:
    Cultural Heritage in the Changing Persistence of Music and Art – Reflections and Images of Good Childhood
  • Esthir Lemi, postdoc researcher, Audio and Visual Department:, Ionian University Greece,:
    Egretta Alba: Reading a score as Moi. Live Performance by Anna Pangalou

Oct 5th Saturday: Music seminar continues; closure

10-13 Musical mind and behaviour

  • Special invited guest lecture:
    Jukka Meurman, Professor of Oral Diseases and Chirurgy, University of Helsinki, Chair of Finnish Science Society:
    Music and Medicine
  • Despina Gialatzi, PhD student, Aristotle University, Thessaloniki:
    In search of the hidden semiotic meaning of Proust’s imaginary music. Towards a triangle of the “phrase de Vinteuil”: literature, music, cinema”
  • Chiliopoulou Georgia, PhD student, Aristotle Univ., Dep of French, Thessaloniki:
    Musical semiotics. How music can contribute to the meanings of a film. The case of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • Sylvain Breteché, PhD, Université d’Aix-Marseille:
    Music and Deafness interactions: Interscientific contributions and perspectives

13– visit to the beach of Kinni village, long lunch

Oct 6th Sunday: Cultural animation

Director: Eero Tarasti


  • Alexandros Ph. Lagopoulos, Prof. Emeritus, Urban Planning, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki:
    Urban Planning and Cultural Heritage: Hebrard’s Plan for Thessaloniki
  • Altti Kuusamo, Professor of art history, University of Turku:
    Aby Warburg and his Famous Bilderatlas Mnemosyne: Varieties of Pathos Forms of Ninfa in Premodern and Modern Times. Inclusions and Exclusions
  • Karin Boklund-Lagopoulos, Prof. Emerita, English Literature, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki:
    The Cauldron of Story: Reanimating the literary cultural heritage in Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings”

13-15 lunch


  • Osmo Kuusi, Adjunct Prof. in innovation and futures studies, Aalto Univ. & Turku Univ.:
    Animation of Cultural Heritage using “Personal Digital Twins”
  • Otto Lehto, lecturer, PhD student, King’s College London:
    Cultural heritage as the gene pool of social evolution: some lessons from evolutionary economics

Oct 7th Monday: Cultural animation continues; closure


  • Altti Kuusamo:
    Continuity and Variation of the Image of Victory (Nike). Diachrony and Synchrony in the Legacy of Greek and Roman Tradition
  • Eero Tarasti:
    Nature of existence – existential and psychosemiotic approach, after reading Wittgenstein and McTaggart

13-15 lunch

15–18 Final discussion