In Pursuit of Sound
In Pursuit of Sound: An Interdisciplinary Symposium
Faculty of English, University of Cambridge, 1 – 2 October 2019
In Pursuit of Sound is a two day symposium which aims to rally researchers engaged in sound studies, and interrogate the discipline’s promises and pitfalls. The humanities’ ‘aural turn’ might be said to have been completed, but we are interested in advancing sound studies towards new, strange, and challenging inquiries. To that end, we invite proposals for twenty minute papers on the theme of sound, from postgraduates, ECRs, and academics across the humanities. Proposals might address the following topics, although these are not exhaustive:
Crowds, rallies and speeches
Sound on Social Media
Sound and Noise in Cinema
Quietism, Quakerism and Silence
Headphones and Acoustic Technology
Lyric Voice and Noisy Poetry
Prisons and Penal Conditions
Hearing Things and Imaginary Sound
Reading and Subvocalisation
City Space / Country Space
Enclosure / the Extension of the Auditory
The Sounds of the Anthropocene
Listening (in) and Surveillance
Please submit 200-300 word abstracts, and a short bio, to firstname.lastname@example.org by 15th July 2019. Any queries can also be sent to this address.
Our keynote speeches will be given by Dr. Mina Gorji (Cambridge), and Dr. Tom Rice (Exeter). The symposium will also host a performance.
Registration is free, and a limited number of travel bursaries will be available.
Organisers: Jamie Fenton (Faculty of English), Syamala Roberts (Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages) and Luke Warde (Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages)
This symposium is supported by the Cambridge AHRC Colloquia Fund.