Soundscapes in the early modern world

Welcome to ‘Soundscapes in the Early Modern World’, an AHRC-funded international research network that examines how sonic interaction shaped identities c. 1500-1800. It aims to develop new approaches to hearing the sounds of the early modern world, reflect on how we engage with historical soundscapes, and consider the multifaceted relationship between meaning and hearing.

The network will extend understanding of the contexts and spaces in which sounds were heard. We are interested in how sounds shaped the lives of people and their communities, and also with the conceptual issues associated with studying past soundscapes.

In 2019 and 2020, we will organise three workshops and an international conference.


Dr Rachel Willie
Principal Investigator
Reader in Early Modern Literary Studies
Liverpool John Moores University
L3 5UZ

Dr Emilie Murphy
Lecturer in History
The University of York
YO10 5DD

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