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Sound and Music in the Prism of Sound Studies

24-26 January 2019, Paris

Deadline: June 15 2018. Abstracts (max. 400 words) should be sent to sonmusique.paris2019 -at-

Research on sound and listening is thriving. The idea of bringing together noise, sound, and music, has spread across the social sciences and the humanities, inspiring recent work in musicology, anthropology, sociology, history, and geography. This new paradigm is also present in aesthetics, in architecture and urbanism, and even in art history, where sound is conceived independently of music and the voice. Moreover, sound and the listening experience open up new avenues in the neurosciences and cognitive psychology, thus encouraging exchanges between social sciences and experimental science.

The international success of sound studies as a whole is evident in its tendency to become a discipline. This movement toward institutionalization has inspired some skeptical or hostile reactions, such as Steven Feld’s exclamation, « I hate Sound Studies ! » This author, himself an emblem of the renewal of the anthropology of sound, is concerned about a managerial vision of research and an alleged pro-Western ethnocentric bias. Yet the definition of the field is anything but stabilized. Other issues might be addressed in a critical perspective, like the articulation of the study of sound with that of other sensorial phenomena, the epistemological problems of a socio-history of sound, or the role of the discipline that has historically claimed priority in this area without always drawing the consequences, namely musicology. Given its multidisciplinary vocation, should sound studies remain an “indiscipline” (Mitchell 1995), challenging scholarly taxonomies?

Organising committee: Esteban Buch (EHESS/CRAL), Rémy Campos (CNSMDP), Walter Fisch (Columbia University), Karine Le Bail (EHESS/CRAL, CNRS), Ana Maria Ochoa Gautier (Columbia University), Lola San Martin (University of Oxford, EHESS/CRAL), Tristan Labouret (CNSMDP), Violeta Nigro Giunta (EHESS/CRAL), Jonathan Thomas (EHESS/CRAL).


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