CFP: Studies in Sound (grad) (11/17/06; 2/22/07-2/24/07)

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Call for Papers

Studies in Sound: Listening in the Age of Visual Culture
Graduate Student Conference
The University of Iowa
February 22-24, 2007

Proposal deadline: November 17, 2006

Keynote speaker: Caryl Flinn, Professor of Women?s Studies at The
University of Arizona and author of The New German Cinema: Music,
History and the Matter of Style and Strains of Utopia: Gender,
Nostalgia, and Hollywood Film Music.

Performance: The Audible Picture Show, audio works for a ?dark cinema.?

In Audio-Vision, Michel Chion states, ?For sound there is neither
frame nor container.? Chion?s statement alludes to the ways in which
sound, as a constituent element of the audiovisual text, remains an
understudied topic of research. In this sense, the ethereal nature of
sound often escapes our attention, and, consequently, continues to be
an abstraction. It is the purpose of this conference to open up a
dialogue in which we can bring to the fore issues related to sound.
For instance, how might we conceive of the effects of sound? What are
the politics that undergird the current studies of sound? How could
we situate the contemporary moment within a history of listening? How
does attention to sound affect readings of particular texts? ?Studies
in Sound? approaches these questions through interdisciplinary
interaction in order to foster communication between fields of study
and benefit from the intersection of art and academic writing. We are
soliciting papers that explore sound from a range of perspectives
within the Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, and Natural Sciences.

Topics to consider include (but are not limited to):

Aural pleasure and cinematic reception
The politics of listening
Feminism and sound: the female voice
The aural construction of the subject
The operatic voice
The global pop music market
Voice-over, voice-off
Literary soundscapes
Translation and sound
Construction of theatrical sound
The voice in ethnography
The perception of sound by specific audiences
Soundscapes and spectacle
Personal audio devices
Radio sound, radio design
Film music
Environmental music and its effects
Dubbing and international cinema/television
Listening in Linguistic Anthropology
Teaching sound

Please send abstracts of no more than 350 words by November 17, 2006
to: or Jennifer Fleeger, Department of
Cinema and Comparative Literature, E210 AJB, Iowa City, IA 52242.

Full panels (featuring three papers) and creative presentations may
also be proposed and should include a panel or session title, brief
description of theme, name of chair, and abstract for each presentation.
Please include name, street address, telephone number, and email
address on all proposals.

For more information, visit the conference website:

?Studies in Sound: Listening in the Age of Visual Culture? is hosted
by the Department of Cinema and Comparative Literature and
co-sponsored by the Institute for Cinema and Culture, International
Programs, the Department of English, and the Department of
Communication Studies.

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