CFP: Sound and Silence

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HARTS & Minds postgraduate journal

This call for papers invites submissions from postgraduates or early career researchers on the subject of Sound and/or Silence for the fourth edition of HARTS & Minds, an online journal for students of the Humanities and Arts, which is due to be published in Spring 2014.

Our second edition 'Space and Place' can be found at and you can get updates on our journal at

Submissions should adhere to the guidelines available on our website and use the appropriate article template.

We accept:
>ARTICLES: Send us an abstract (300 words) and your draft article (no longer than 6,000 words).
>BOOK REVIEWS: Around 1,000 words on an academic text that deals with the theme of Sound and/or Silence in some respect. This would preferably be interdisciplinary, but we will accept reviews of subject specific texts.
>EXHIBITION REVIEWS: Around 1,000 words on any event along the lines of an art exhibition, museum collection, academic event or conference review that deals with the theme of Sound and/or Silence in some respect.
>CREATIVE WRITING PIECES: Original poetry (up to 3 short or 1 long) or short stories of up to 4,000 words.

All submissions should be sent to by Monday 17th February 2014.

Subjects may include but are not limited to the following:
• Use of Silence in music, film scores, in performance art, installations;
• Movement and stillness;
• Conveying sound and silence in Art – the void, colour and sounds/silence;
• Silence and sounds in literatures (English, Global, Comparative);
• The role of silence and solitude in religions: spirituality, memorial, obedience, mantra and hymn;
• Sounds of the urban vs. the rural;
• Changing sounds of musical instruments, the Orchestra, from Church to Chamber;
• Silent histories - the oppressed, the underprivileged, muting, censorship, exclusion;
• The Sound of Revolution;
• The physical loss of voice - the mute, sign language;
• Silence and Sound in relation to madness;
• Noise vs. Sound;
• Comedy and Silence;
• Technologies of sound and silence: Gags and muzzles, weaponry, isolation camps, radios, televisions, gramophones;
• Reading aloud.

Please consider that HARTS & Minds is intended as a truly inter-disciplinary journal and therefore esoteric topics will need to be written with a general academic readership in mind.