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CfP – Listening, Sound, Agency
December 15, 2019
The SpokenWeb research network seeks proposals for the interdisciplinary symposium Listening, Sound, Agency, to be held at Concordia University in Montreal, 17-18 July 2020.
“Listening to sound entails scenarios of subjection and agency. In Althussarian terms we might say that we are persistently interpellated, or hailed into positions of listening subjects in society, requiring us to engage in or with the cultural assumptions and techniques that those listening positions entail. But listening may also represent a capacity for agency. In her cultural history of modern life, Jane Bennett has suggested that listening is a key component of agency, of our capacity to affect the world around us. And in Sonic Agency: Sound and Emergent Forms of Resistance, Brandon LaBelle, elaborates upon this idea, stating that to listen is “to perceive the every-changing relations in which the self is always embedded.” As LaBelle proceeds to explore a series of sonic figures, he outlines a complex roster of listening modalities, demonstrating, in the process, that “the relational affordances of listening” may include care, intensity, freedom, collectivity, direct action, and activism. The SpokenWeb Symposium invites papers from a broad range of disciplinary and methodological approaches that reflect upon the relationship between our three keywords: Listening, Sound, and Agency.”
They encourage proposals for papers that consider the implications of their key terms (Listening, Sound, and Agency), in relation to such themes and fields as: communities of sound and listening, politics and ethics, literature and poetics, performance, pedagogy, disciplinary methodologies and cultural techniques, media and material history, disability, archives and collections, sound art and installations, oral history and storytelling, indigenous communities and practices, among others.
Paper proposals, with title, should identify the topic, argument, methodology, object(s) of analysis, and explain the overall aims and materials that will be covered in the talk. Proposals for Panel Sessions should include a general explanation of the concept of the panel, as well as descriptions of the papers or other forms that will comprise the panel.
Please send proposals of no more than 250 words for individual papers and 500 words for panel sessions, plus a one-page CV for each presenter as Word or PDF attachment, to [email protected] by 15 December 2019.
Visit the SpokenWeb website https://spokenweb.ca/news/call-for-papers-listening-sound-agency/ for full details.