[SoundStudies] And in case anyone will be in London... ("The Listening Workshop")

Lynda Paul lynda.paul at yale.edu
Thu Oct 3 13:16:04 EDT 2013

Dear all,

See below for details on a new sound studies initiative at Royal Holloway.



Lynda Paul, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Associate in the Integrated Humanities
Yale University


The Listening Workshop

11 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3RF, Fridays at 2pm, from 4 October 2013 Chaired
by Professor Rachel Beckles Willson, Director of the Humanities and Arts
Research Centre at Royal Holloway, London University

Royal Holloway's Humanities and Arts Research Centre (HARC) is pleased to
announce The Listening Workshop, a new central London forum for
inter-disciplinary thought. Sound and listening have become focal points for
musicology and a number of other disciplines in recent years; they are also at
the heart of political debates on topics ranging from surveillance and freedom
of speech to 'harsh interrogation' strategies (sonic torture) at institutions
of detention. What does it mean to listen, after all? How can we grasp what we
hear(d)? How are social and technological changes transforming our sound worlds
today? What is sonic practice in the context of aesthetics and design?

The Listening Workshop has two interlocking strands. One of these is a Reading
Group, co-convened by Rachel Beckles Willson and Carlo Cenciarelli, consisting
of an open meeting for discussing new and canonic texts on the history,
ethnography and theory of listening. The other strand is a series of talks by
speakers from a variety of disciplines (English Literature, Ethnomusicology,
Geography, History, Media Arts, Musicology, Sociology). Subjects range from
'sonic horror' in fiction to sound design to urban soundscapes and beyond.

For the detailed programme please follow this link
http://www.rhul.ac.uk/harc/home.aspx All are welcome. Enquiries about the
Reading Group should be sent to Dr. Carlo Cenciarelli [Carlo.Cenciarelli at

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