W088
Sound environments: forms, perception, and meanings

Convenors:
Christine Guillebaud (CNRS, Laboratoire d'Ethnologie et de Sociologie Comparative (LESC-CREM))
Heikki Uimonen (University of Tampere)
Format:
Workshops
Location:
V312
Start time:
11 July, 2012 at 11:30
Session slots:
3

Short abstract:

This panel seeks to explore research concerned with sound environments: the perception modalities of everyday life environments; the attitudes and discourses of sound appreciation; the emotions and memories related to places; the social imaginaries that sound contributes to shape.

Long abstract:

This panel seeks to explore research concerned with sensory environments, and in particular with sound environments. Studies dedicated to sound emerged in different disciplines: musicology, architecture and urbanism, ethnomusicology, acoustics and psychology, history as well as computer sciences. Though the study of ethnographic cases, we will take into account the heritage of such disciplines, while seeking to identify the anthropological stakes of ambient sounds. We will discuss the notions of noise, sound, and silence in general - and explore the complexity of "soundscapes" in particular in order to understand their forms, dynamics, and social and cultural settings. Sound environments might be defined by different surfaces, weather conditions and other materials affecting to sound propagation. However, they are also by nature immaterial and rooted in the daily sensory experience. Taking into consideration this ambiguity, we will deal with a composite practical knowledge, that relies on a wide spectrum of attention modalities (ranging from the daily inattention to sounds to the legal frameworks governing its physical norms). In this panel, we will suggest the themes: the perception modalities of everyday life environments; the attitudes and discourses of sound appreciation; the emotions and memories related to places and sonic interactions; the social imaginaries that sound contributes to shape.