Author: aalbin2014

New sound studies journal

The first issue of Sound Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal has been published!  The issue’s wide-ranging articles cover a broad range of theories and topics, including “the growing significance of object-oriented ontology, or the shift from an earlier focus on the sound–vision binary to other senses such as touch and its interconnections to issues of affect.”

Editors Veit Erlmann and Michael Bull describe the new journal as follows:

Sound Studies aims to provide a forum for… emergent ideas, theories, and topics [in the field], but it is also committed to an ongoing dialogue with some of the field’s rich legacy in areas such as soundscapes, sound art, film music, histories of listening, the tensions and synergies of sound and vision, and many others.

Check it out at http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rfso20/current.

Scholarly blog: Sounding Out!

Since 2009, Sounding Out! has been publishing rigorous, accessible scholarship in the field of sound studies on a born-digital platform that seeks to curate “scholarship, podcasts, art, and essays—and rhetorical re-mixes of all these elements—devoted to answering four interconnected and interlocking research questions,” to wit:

  • How does listening impact the production of social difference? And vice versa?
  • What is the relationship between sound and power?
  • What is the role of sound and listening in everyday life, particularly in regards to identity construction and performance?
  • How do we understand the cultural histories of various sound media—the phonograph, the radio, the tape recorder, the telephone, the digital recorder and its various playback systems—in relationship to power and the production of social difference?

Editor-in-Chief J. Stoever-Ackerman writes that “Sounding Out! is a weekly online publication, a networked academic archive, and a dynamic group platform bringing together sound studies scholars, sound artists and professionals, and readers interested in the cultural politics of sound and listening.  Every Monday, our writers offer well-researched, well-written, and accessible interventions in sound studies, directing the field’s energy toward the social, cultural, and political aspects of sound and listening, particularly their differential construction of and material impacts on variously positioned bodies.”

Notably, Sounding Out!  is peer-reviewed scholarly publication indexed by the MLA Bibliography (ISSN 2333-0309), but as Stoever-Ackerman explains, the blog “follow[s] an open, developmental model fostered by digital humanities, in which editors and advisors are known to our writers, and provide several rounds of feedback, commentary, and collaboration before publication.  The editorial collective invites contributions via themed calls-for-posts as well as on more general topics related to our research mission.  We especially invite work that uses sound as more than an object of study, but also as a medium of argumentation, experience, provocation, and communication.”

Recent CFP’s include Medieval Sound, Sound and Affect, Gendered Voices, Round Circle of Resonance: José Esteban Muñoz, Sound and Surveillance, and Sound and Pleasure.

Periods and Waves: A Conference on Sound and History

A promising conference on historical sound studies, Periods and Waves: A Conference on Sound and History, will take place April 29–30, 2016 at Stony Brook University. Plenary speakers include Emma Dillon (King’s College London), Stefan Helmreich (MIT), Alexander Rehding (Harvard), and Emily Thompson (Princeton). Final deadline for abstracts is December 31, 2015, so there’s still time to submit!

Here’s the blurb from the CFP:

Sound, like history, describes a dynamic terrain. Scholars concerned with the convergence of sound and history have, in the wake of the “sensory turn” in the humanities, worked to generate clear narratives from data that resists fixity, that seems to be in constant motion. The shared aims of sound studies and history have yielded a rich body of scholarship that interrogates, for example, the noisy illuminations of medieval songbooks, acoustic control in modern architecture, sound and the moving image, accounts of deafness and synaesthesia, and the production of aural subjects through consumer technology. The practice of thinking sound historically and history sonically is driving the growth of fresh methodologies and compelling new interpretations of sources.

Periods and Waves: A Conference on Sound and History is co-organized by the Department of Music, Department of Philosophy, and the School of Health Technology & Management at Stony Brook University, with the aim of bringing together humanities scholars and humanistic scientists, particularly those working in sound studies. We welcome submissions for 30-minute papers, panels, and workshops from scholars in the myriad disciplines that investigate past aural cultures, including musicology, ethnomusicology, history, anthropology, medical history, art history, philosophy, religion, disability studies, acoustics, and sound studies.