Listen, feel, and keep: Sound experience and acoustic ecology

The call for papers for the Online Meeting “Listen, feel, and keep. Sound experience and acoustic ecology” is open until June 30th.

The modern world is much louder than in the past. After the Industrial Revolution, societies became increasingly noisy. For Erling Kagge, “silence is on the brink of extinction” (O silêncio na era do ruído, 2016, p. 49). Perhaps that is why listening is today an increasingly demanding exercise.

The first few weeks of confinement to contain Covid-19 provided everyone with a new sound experience. The suspension of various dimensions of collective life brought to the forefront of listening sounds that usually hide under the noise of machines, movements, devices, and a routine that does not invite the interior of the ear. How do we stand after this collective transformative experience? Is there room for renewed acoustic sensitivity?

We mark the International Day of Listening in the day before. We want to talk about what we hear. And how we hear. For this reason, we have organized this online meeting that aims to reflect on the challenge of listening, on what the sound makes known and on the relevance of preserving our acoustic memories.

At first, we held a meeting with guests who will talk about sound memories and archival policies. Then, we make room for the participation of other researchers who want to share work on this topic.

Communication proposals, in Portuguese and Spanish, that fall under one of the following themes:

Sound and meaning
(the expressive power of sound languages; the relevance of sound as a source of information and knowledge; the connection between listening and feeling)

Active listening and sound literacy
(the promotion of listening in predominantly visual culture; the aesthetic appreciation of sound art; creative pedagogical practices as means of acoustic awareness)

Memory and file
(sound memories and identity; sound archive policies; digital repositories)

Sound ecology
(the valorization of the sound experience as a method of recognizing changes in the environment; sound and interaction with spaces; bioacoustics)

The meeting will take place on July 17th. Admission is free but subject to registration.

Details on submission and registration here.

[Posted: 01-06-2020 | Modified: 26-06-2020]