Socio-technologic configurations of sound. 
Piotr Cichocki (University of Warsaw)
Anton Nikolotov (Berlin Graduate School of Muslim Cultures and Societies, Humboldt University)
Ayda Melika (University of California, Berkeley)
Moving bodies: Sounds and Resonance/Corps mouvants: Sons et résonnance
MRT 219
Start time:
4 May, 2017 at 8:30 (UTC+0)
Session slots:

Short Abstract:

Sounds travel, move, link and transform. This panel explores how sound is instrumentalized, objectified and how it "leaks" to produce noise and overload. We invite to discuss the way sound enables a unique perspective on the current de-globalizing world and central questions of ethnographic methods.

Long Abstract:

Sounds travel, move, and transform, linking utterers and auditors, coders and decoders, producers and consumers in a range of power relations causing various movements and ways of becoming. Ethnographers focusing on sound enable a unique perspective on the current de-globalizing world and the central theoretical discussions on ethnographic methods. This panel aims to incite dialogue on how sound is instrumentalized and objectified as well as how it "leaks" to produces noise, disjunction and overload. Scholars and practice-based researchers are invited to explore with us the following:

- performances and (dis)-embodiments of sound as mobile social practices that allow circulation between different cultural, political, ecological and economic contexts;

- sound as an affective movement and sound recordings as a process of objectification of this movement as is the case with music and information industries;

- recordings and sound technologies as travelling objects, powerful actors, socio-technical assemblages (such as radio astronomy and ipod players) that enable new ways of registration, amplification and experience.

Questioning the status of field recordings as merely data evidence, we will address their methodological entanglement. Beyond its role as a signal carrying information, how can sound be seen as a form of spectrality (Bonett 2016), tactility and atmospheric embodiment or fictitious futurity, alternative histories (Eshun 2010) or "audiotopia" (Kun 2005)? We will discuss how "resonance" is part of our ethical relations of attachment and detachment (Candea 2015) with our interlocutors. Inclusion of recordings or performances is not required but encouraged (Please add link to proposal).

Accepted papers: