Call for abstracts: Sound Experience – Experiencing Sound
The first issue of SoundEffects raises the question of the epistemological potential of sound. How does sound provoke and influence the way in which we experience the world? How can we talk about the phenomenological, bodily experience that sound produces? More than ever, everyday life is mediated by a multitude of digitized and mechanically reproduced sounds. In Michael Bull's words: "Waking, walking, driving, working and even falling asleep are all done to music or some other acoustic accompaniment" (Bull, 2003). Never has urban life been noisier. Yet within philosophical, sociological, and aesthetic frameworks, the world is still mostly conceived of as a visual reality. Sound produces meaning in numerous ways, both through the phenomenological, bodily experience of sound and through emerging and changing discourses of cultural practice. Responding to this condition, contemporary sound research must reflect upon the various ways in which the world is experienced through sound.
We welcome scholars from any discipline within the humanities and the social sciences to reflect upon this complex yet crucial aspect of contemporary life.
Topics of interest may include (but are not limited to):
- Sound experience within the arts
- Sound in media and communication
- Sound and social interaction
- Historical perspectives on sound
- Cross-modal experiences of sound