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, firstname.lastname@example.org, 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’
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’
17:30: Drinks reception and interactive performance by the Theatre of Noise.
19:30: Dinner in York City Centre (venue TBC)
Friday 24 April
09:45: 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.
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’
13:00: Lunch and informal roundtable discussion