[SoundStudies] CFP: Early Modern Soundscapes, Bangor Univ., Apr 2014

Lynda Paul lynda.paul at yale.edu
Tue Sep 24 15:57:42 EDT 2013

Dear all,

The following CFP might be of interest to some of you.

All best,


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


Early Modern Soundscapes

CfP Deadline: December 1 2013
Conference dates: April 24-25 2014
Conference web site URL: http://www.bangor.ac.uk/english/Soundscapes
Conference venue (institution and city): Bangor University, Bangor, Wales,
United Kingdom.


To include the Society for Renaissance Studies Third Annual Welsh Lecture, given
by Professor Jennifer Richards (Newcastle University) and Professor Richard
Wistreich (Royal Northern College of Music)

Early modern culture was awash with sounds.  From psalm singing to tavern songs
to the reading of the riot act or town criers announcing noteworthy news, we
are presented with an image of oral culture forming the basis of perpetual
interaction between individuals and their communities.  Music, in particular,
forms a backdrop to the soundscape, negotiating abstract sounds and speech. 
This two-day symposium will interrogate ways of conceiving the early modern
soundscape.   Topics might include (but are not limited to) the following:

·         Sounds and space
·         Sounds sacred
·         Sounds profane
·         Civic noise
·         Imagined soundscapes
·         Interaction between sound and speech communities
·         Oral and literate cultures
·         Music and performance culture
·         Sounds and medicine
·         Sounds and the senses
·         The relationship between words and music

We welcome abstracts of not more than 250 words for twenty-minute papers, or
proposals for panels comprising three papers, to be sent to Rachel Willie
(r.willie at bangor.ac.uk) by December 1st 2013.


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