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 Congresso de Organologia 2020 Organological Congress

2 - 4 / 10 / 2020
Castelo Branco (central Portugal)

Call for Papers + Information



The oficial updated site of ANIMUSIC will be available when possible | O sítio oficial actualizado da ANIMUSIC estará disponível quando possível

ANIMUSIC was created as a platform for the exchange of ideas, knowledge and experience.

We are an open society dedicated to the study of sound and musical instruments in an interdisciplinary approach, uniting science and art. We welcome participation in all our activities, including conferences and workshops, strongly believing in the importance of our field for the general understanding and fruition of our planet’s rich natural and human created heritage.

Our project started over twenty years ago and was legally established as a research institution in 2010, in Portugal, with members joining from all over the world. A network of exchange and mutual help was naturally generated along the years.

ANIMUSIC is non-governmental, non-political and non-profit – it receives financial support from our generous benefactors to foster our projects. Being known as the “positive thinkers & doers”, we are thankful to the open-source community, contributing ourselves as volunteers in this work. We also state our gratefulness to the fabulous people and great institutions who generously cooperate with us, helping to make “things happen”.

ORGANOLOGIA (gregoὄργανον = organon + λόγος = logos): do grego (instrumento+estudo), é a ciência que se dedica ao estudo dos instrumentos musicais e produção de som

ORGANOLOGY (Greekὄργανον = organon + λόγος = logos): from the Greek (instrument+study), it is the science dedicated to musical instruments and the production of sound

The broad science of Organology embraces: ethnology, engineering (mechanical, electronic, physics etc.), acoustics, archaeology, history, museology, conservation, wood science, applied arts, psychology, issues related to the performance or the practical use of musical instruments (neuroscience, ergonomics, morphological anthropology, kinanthropometry, medicine or others), musicology... a general concept, it is dedicated to the study 'of the making' and 'of the playing' musical instruments or sound producing tools...

 We love Art and Science, knowledge and praxis. Music abounds in a whirl of continuous stimulation. Our commitment is to bring people together, welcoming makers, creators, musicians… classic-ethno-world-music-sound inspirations from all parts and fields…


The Organological Congresses in Portugal are special international events which provide the opportunity to present the latest scientific and experimental results in the study of sound and musical instruments, offering practical demonstrations by excellent performers. We foster communication between experts and the general public, promoting dialogue about the cultural patrimony, while at the same time forwarding the most advanced theories, technologies, and applications in a broad interdisciplinary way. We are creating a special platform for inventors and makers to show their work and have them directly available at the "ENCONTROIM". We also welcome schools, collectors, museums, research institutes, all who are involved in this area and the general public, to participate as fundamental contributors for the development of our field.
[The common language is English due to the international character of these meetings.]

[Nota: Estas páginas são maioritariamente bilingues com o intuito de aproximar as pessoas de diferentes nacionalidades que aqui procuram informação, proporcionando nesta plataforma portuguesa o intercâmbio internacional. Empenhamo-nos a trazer a Portugal a investigação que se tem desenvolvido no estrangeiro, e  convidamos os cientistas e artistas que nos visitam a re/conhecerem o património cultural riquíssimo do nosso País, bem como o trabalho que aqui realizamos. Agradecemos a colaboração de todos os que partilham a convicção de que podemos sempre melhorar, de uma forma construtiva e positiva
Note: You shall find an English translation of the majority of the information inserted in this site, usually placed after a sign (| or / ). You might understand that, besides getting to know some Portuguese words and then notice that these are not that different from French or even English... :o), most of the texts relate to a common basic information, such as the locations of things (addresses are one and only), or programs, or authors... so it was thought as preferable to have the English version next to the Portuguese version than to have the full information totally repeated somewhere else. Thank you.