[CFP] Sound Studies: Mapping the Field – Second International ESSA Conference

Sound Studies: Mapping the Field will be the title of the second international ESSA conference. It will take place at the University of Copenhagen, June 27-29, 2014. Among the themes are: Case studies that testify to the recent changes within sound studies, theoretical reflections on sound studies’ futures, methodological papers testing the inter- or trans-disciplinary approaches of sound studies, historical papers that may help understand and contextualize the current developments, papers addressing how the sound industries take part in the recent developments, sound design futures, and presentations of contemporary artworks that incorporate sounds.

Proposals for panels: February 1

Individual papers: March 15

Keynote speakers are Georgina Born (Oxford University, UK), Norie Neumark (La Trobe University, Australia), Carolyn Birdsall (Amsterdam University, Holland)

Download the call for papers.

[EVENT] Sounding Cultures: From Performance to Politics

Cornell University,  14th & 15th October 2011.

This conference, organised by the Society for the Humanities, is free and open to the public. Here’s the programme:

10/14, 1:15 pm: Introduction
Timothy Murray, Director, Society for the Humanities
14/10/2011, 1:30 pm: Listening in Motion
Jim Drobnick (Associate Professor of Contemporary Art and Theory, OCAD
University, Toronto), “Listening Awry”
Art Jones (Artist, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston), “Motion Graf:
Electronic Media as Public Art”
14/10/2011, 3:00 pm: Audition from the Middle East
Ziad Fahmy (Fellow, Society for the Humanities; Assistant Professor of Near
Eastern Studies, Cornell), “Listening to Egypt: Vaudeville and Sound Media
during the First World War”
Jeanette Jouili (Fellow, Society for the Humanities), “Connecting ethical
audition with ethical spectatorship: Islamic performing arts and its
14/10/2011, 4:30 pm: Plenary Lecture (Hollis E. Cornell Auditorium, Goldwin
Smith Hall)
Emily Thompson (Senior Invited Fellow, Society for the Humanities; Professor
of History, Princeton University), “Sound and Fury: Projecting Change in the
American Film Industry, 1926-1933”
15/10/2011, 9:30 am: African-American Performance
Caitlin Marshall (Doctoral Candidate, Performance Studies, UC, Berkeley),
“Power in the Tongue”
Jennifer Stoever-Ackerman (Fellow, Society for the Humanities; Assistant
Professor of English, Binghamton University), “Reconstructing Music: Race,
Listening, and the Jubilee Singers”
15/10/2011, 11:00 am: Sonic Practice
Sara Drury (Associate Professor of Film and Media Arts, Temple University),
“Unsound Practices: Variations on Themes of Sensing, Sending, Inscribing”
Nina Sun Eidsheim (Fellow, Society for the Humanities; Assistant Professor
of Musicology, UCLA), “Considering Sonic Site Specificity”
15/10/2011, 12:15 pm: Interactive Lunch
Eliot Bates (Music, Cornell), “Ithaca Soundscape Project”
Renate Ferro (Art, Cornell), “Suspicious Packages”
15/10/2011, 2:00 pm: Plenary Artist Presentation
Keith Obadike (Assistant Professor of Integrated Media Art and Sound Design,
William Paterson University) and Mendi Obadike (Assistant Professor of Media
Studies, Pratt Institute), “African Metropole / Sonic City”
15/10/2011, 3:30 pm: Soundscapes
Helen Thorington (Artist, Co-Director of New Radio and Performing Arts),
“Thoughts on Acoustic Space and Contemporary Practice”
Jonathan Skinner (Fellow, Society for the Humanities; Assistant Professor of
Environmental Studies, Bates College), “Ecopoetics: Poetry and the
15/10/2011, 5:00 pm: Concluding Panel: Resounding Cultures
Marcus Boon (Fellow, Society for the Humanities; Associate Professorof
English, York University)
Eric Lott, Fellow (Society for the Humanities; Professor of English,
University of Virginia)
Tom McEnaney (Visiting Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature,
15/10/2011, 9:00 pm: TechnoBeat Sound Performance
Art Jones (Artist, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston) with Erin


For more information, check out the press release.

[Event] Gadget & App-Culture: sound and the machinery of the senses

‘How does mobile audio technology transform our perceptual techniques?

How does an anthropology of sound and the senses offer new insights into our everyday life with sounds?

The DFG Network for Sound in Media Culture has invited two of the most important international researchers in the field of sound studies, Jonathan Sterne and Veit Erlmann, to an afternoon of explorations: to explore the anthropology and cultural history of audile techniques – as examples of sensory technologies in populare culture. An audio performance by AGF a.k.a Antye Greie is at the center of this symposion. Michael Bull and Peter Wicke will respond to the two main lectures.

An introduction into sound studies as a – rapidly expanding and developing – transdisciplinary and international field of research.’


Friday October 28, 2011
4pm – 8pm

Haus der Kulturen der Welt Berlin
John-Foster Dulles-Allee 10
10557 Berlin


Further information is available on their website.