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Music and Sound Studies: Techniques of Listening

October 13, 2017IASEvents, | Conferences0

Techniques of Listening
Organized by the Music and Sound Studies Interdisciplinary Student Group

Friday and Saturday, October 13-14, 2017
Ferguson Hall 280

For more information, visit the conference website

As a way of knowing and interacting with the world, techniques of listening constitute a wide range of socially and historically circumscribed practices that shape our subjective positions and collective identities. Techniques of listening orient the ear and represent sound in distinct and often contradictory ways.

Techniques of listening are bound up in the materials and instruments we listen with and to, but they are also found in the ideologies and cultures that define, use, and misuse sound and music. With this conference, we wish to shed light on the aesthetic, scientific, technical, legal, medical, historical, social, cultural, religious, and philosophical ways of listening as they pertain to any kind of music and/or sound.

We welcome investigations across a wide range of disciplines, and invite submissions on, but not limited to, the following:

  • Practices, theories, and methodologies of listening
  • Epistemologies and ontologies of sound
  • Intersections of gender, class, and race
  • Sound, deafness, and disability
  • Politics and ethics of music, sound, silence, and noise
  • Music and sound in film
  • Literature and the arts
  • Sound and embodiment
  • Soundscapes

As a conference organized for and by graduate students, preference will be given to submissions from graduate students and early career scholars.

Keynote Speakers: Charles Hirschkind (UC Berkeley) and Emily Dolan (Harvard).

To request a disability-related accommodation, please contact the IAS ( 612-626-5054) at least two weeks prior to the event.


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