In Pursuit of Sound

deadline for submissions: 
July 15, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
Faculty of English, University of Cambridge

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 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.