Rachel Willie

David Sterling Brown: Do You Hear What I Hear? Shakespeare, Race and the “Listening Ear”

Wednesday 27 April 2022, 17.30BST   Virtually everyone knows what race looks like. But what does race sound like?  And what does race sound like in Shakespearean drama, on the page or on the stage?  During this talk, Dr David Sterling Brown will discuss, in relationship to Shakespeare’s dramatic literature, the “sonic colour line” and …

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At Last, the Leopards

Over the last few years, the soundscapes network has been working with Speke Hall, a National Trust property on the outskirts of Liverpool that was built by the Catholic Norris family in the sixteenth century. The acoustic space of the building connects to the Norris family’s faith: you can read my previous post about the …

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Sound and Race

Roundtable discussion given at the Soundscapes in the Early Modern World conference, 5-9 July 2021. Speakers: Nandini Das Sarah Dustagheer Katherine Butler Schofield Jennifer Lynn Stoever Wayne Weaver

Tess Knighton: How Processions Moved

  Tess Knighton (ICREA-Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona), ‘How processions moved: emotional discourses in civic ceremony in early modern Europe’. Chair: Rachel Willie (LJMU)   Feature image: ‘Saint Agnes’ (one of a pair) mid-16th century, possibly by Diego de Tiedrac 

Archiving the soundscape

Following on from our first workshop meeting in Vancouver in March, in September, we collaborated with the research team at Wellcome Collection to explore sound in the archives from a global, theoretical and historical perspective. Wellcome houses an exceptional collection of early modern rare books, manuscripts, prints and art works, and this gave us a …

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Speke riddles

On the outskirts of Liverpool is Speke Hall, which was built from 1530-1598 by the Norris family and is now in the ownership of the National Trust. The fabric of the hall contains many visual and acoustic conundrums. In the Tudor period, there was a fashion for building riddles and curious devices into buildings, but …

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