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Sound Affects

‘The Treehouse’, Humanities Research Centre, Berrick Saul Building, University of York

23-24 April 2020

This final workshop as part of the AHRC-funded network ‘Soundscapes in the Early Modern World’ builds upon our exploration of the sites, spaces and archives of sound to explore how people act on sound and sound on people. We will bring together early career and established interdisciplinary scholars who work on sound studies beyond the early modern period, and consider the evidence we have regarding the ways individuals responded to sounds. We will ask how sounds connect to sensory experience, emotion, the body, race, gender and disability. The workshop will also explore how we profit from practice-led approaches such as musical performances and digital reconstruction.

If you would like to contribute to our discussions, please email a short expression of interest, including a very brief outline of your current research (100-200 words) to Emilie Murphy, emilie.murphy@york.ac.uk, by Friday 28 February 2020. Attendance at the workshop is free, but places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis. We also have a limited number of bursaries for doctoral students and early career scholars without access to institutional funding up to the value of £100 to cover travel and accommodation. Please indicate in your email whether you would like to be considered for a bursary.


Thursday 23 April

14:00: Refreshments and welcome

14:15: Panel 1, Disability and Devotion

Barbara Eichner (Oxford Brookes), ‘Infirm Singers and Dyslexic Nuns: Negotiating Disability in Early Modern German Nunneries and Monasteries’

Rosamund Oates (MMU), ‘Speaking in Hands: Deafness and Salvation in Early Modern England’

Respondent: TBC

15:30: Refreshment break

16:15: Panel 2, Acoustic Heritage and Technology

Rachel Garratt (Leeds), ‘Radio, Deafness and Blindness: New Sound Technologies of the early-mid Twentieth Century as sites of socio-political power and disability campaigning’.

Mariana Lopez (York) ‘Heritage Soundscapes: Sound Design, Research and Evocation in Heritage Experiences’

Respondent: TBC

17:30: Drinks reception and interactive performance by the Theatre of Noise.

19:30: Dinner in York City Centre (venue TBC)

Friday 24 April

09:15: Refreshments

09:45: Panel 3, Hearing, Race and the Urban Environment

Una McIlvenna (Melbourne), Hearing the News Being Sung in the Early Modern Urban Environment’

Wayne Weaver (Cambridge), Afro-European Performance Commentary and the Creation of “Race”: Hearing and Listening in Jamaica and Senegal during the Age of the Enlightenment.

Respondent: TBC

11:15: Refreshment break

11:45: Panel. 4, Voices and Affect in Sixteenth Century France

Elma Brenner, ‘Hearing the Voice of Cardinal Georges d’Amboise in a Letter of 1507’

Emily Butterworth (KCL) Gossip, Noise, and Affect in Sixteenth-Century France’

Respondent: TBC

13:00: Lunch and informal roundtable discussion

14:00: Close

Image: detail from coloured engraving by J. Emslie after himself, Acoustics: sonic phenomena and musical instruments, 1850. Credit: Wellcome Collection Creative Commons License

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