June 2018: Sensing the Sonic Conference, Cambridge

A two-day conference convened and organized by Melissa van Drie and Melle Kromhout, hosted by the Centre for Research in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (CRASSH).

What happens when hearing doesn’t do what it purportedly should?

Often hearing and sound are predominately considered from an ear-centric perspective. We will explore alternatives to this singular ear, engaging various historical, theoretical and methodological positions. Putting forward an exploratory format, participants will ignite discussions that challenge notions of embodied presence and investigate different materials and research strategies for hearing differently from the 19th century to the present. How can we reconsider the modalities and practices of the sensing body (human and non human, disabled or augmented)? How can we address the particularities of the material event of sound itself? How can think about the sorts of energetic and ‘presencing’ spaces that sound produces?

Participants include: Zeynep Bulut, Melissa Dickson, Nina Eidsheim, Bastien Gallet, Julian Henriques, Douglas Kahn, Seth Kim-Cohen, Aleks Kolkowski, Mara Mills, Gascia Ouzounian, Matthieu Saladin, Holger Schulze, Jonathan Sterne, David Trippett, Shelley Trower, and Sander van Maas.

This event will happen in relation with the international conference ‘The Audible Spectrum: Sound Studies, Cultures of Listening and Sound Art‘ (7-9 June 2018 in Paris), convened by Stéphane Roth and Marion Platevoet (Cité de la musique-Philharmonie de Paris), Bastien Gallet (Haute École des Arts du Rhin), and Matthieu Saladin (Université Paris 8).

More info here

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