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Sound and Unsound: Noise, Nonsense, and the Unspoken. April 1-3, 2011.
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The University of Virginia Graduate English Student Association
Seeking submissions for a graduate conference on the roles of sound and sense in creating meaning. Abstracts due January 21st, 2011.
What are the roles of sound and sense in creating meaning? Whether puzzling through the nonsense words of “Jabberwocky” or listening to a Bach cello suite, we continually confront sound in a wide variety of print and media contexts. Most of us automatically order sounds into conventional categories—speech, music, bird song, sirens—but we rarely examine the fundamental assumptions that lie beneath these judgments. An unexpected distortion or harmony of sound can profoundly affect our perception of a piece of art, a public speech, or a conglomeration of noises in a cityscape. Additionally, the distinction we draw between music and noise parallels a broader distinction between sense and nonsense, as explored by visual artists such as M. C. Escher and others who manipulate our understanding of reality. The aim of this conference is to interrogate the intersection of sound, sense, and nonsense in texts from across the disciplines and to examine the connection between this sensual experience and the creation of meaning.
Keynote Speaker: Daniel Albright
Master Class Speaker: Eric Lott
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We are seeking submissions from a wide range of fields including, but not limited to, literature, music, philosophy, logic, linguistics, the sciences, visual arts, religious studies, film, theater arts, and textual studies. Interdisciplinary submissions are encouraged.
We are currently soliciting proposals for 15-minute presentations on three-person panels. To submit, send an abstract (up to 350 words) to firstname.lastname@example.org by January 21, 2011. Please include your name, institutional affiliation, and any technological needs.