Sound Experience – Experiencing Sound. Call for abstracts, 15 October 2010
Call for abstracts: Sound Experience – Experiencing Sound
The first issue of SoundEffects raises the question of the epistemological potential of sound. How does sound provoke and influence the way in which we experience the world? How can we talk about the phenomenological, bodily experience that sound produces? More than ever, everyday life is mediated by a multitude of digitized and mechanically reproduced sounds. In Michael Bull's words: "Waking, walking, driving, working and even falling asleep are all done to music or some other acoustic accompaniment" (Bull, 2003). Never has urban life been noisier. Yet within philosophical, sociological, and aesthetic frameworks, the world is still mostly conceived of as a visual reality. Sound produces meaning in numerous ways, both through the phenomenological, bodily experience of sound and through emerging and changing discourses of cultural practice. Responding to this condition, contemporary sound research must reflect upon the various ways in which the world is experienced through sound.
We welcome scholars from any discipline within the humanities and the social sciences to reflect upon this complex yet crucial aspect of contemporary life.
Topics of interest may include (but are not limited to):
Sound experience within the arts
Sound in media and communication
Sound and social interaction
Historical perspectives on sound
Cross-modal experiences of sound
An abstract of 300 words should be sent by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than October 15, 2010. Full articles are due on January 15, 2011.