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How noise, or quiet, matters: undoing listening 
Susan Frohlick (University of British Columbia)
Ana Dragojlovic (University of Melbourne)
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Alexandrine Boudreault-Fournier (University of Victoria)
Thursday 18 July, -, -
Time zone: Europe/Madrid
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Short Abstract:

Anthropological inquiries into politics of space and sound pay attention, through acoustemologies, to how people listen and are listened to—deemed to be, for example, “noisy” or “quiet”—from histories, biographies, collectivities, and relationalities rather than as autonomous hearing subjects.

Long Abstract:

We call for ethnographically-informed papers or multimodal presentations that help to challenge ideas about listening and hearing as an individual and autonomous reception of “a” world limited only by individual impairments and enabled by bodily capacities rather than listening as emergent within particular social, historical, economic, and political contexts (Sterne 2021). By “undoing” listening, we draw on critical sound studies and sounded anthropology that pay attention to the contexts and emergent processes of what gets heard, how, and by whom. We are especially interested in ethnographic work that looks at sonic atmospheres of “quiet” or of “noisy” as registers, and also regulations, of race, ethnicity, or nationality or that trace the lived experiences and everyday practices and materialities of living lives as they are shaped by and entangled within those registers of quiet, silence, noisy, loud, and so forth. Possible topics could be sound politics where statecraft regulates audibility of populations; Indigenous listening positionalities that resist settler colonialism extractive listening; the production of canned sonic environments for western elite tourism and leisure consumption that privilege quiet; the sounds of current climate crises including wildfires and the local responses to new contexts of emergencies; and endless other possibilities. Our call is wide open and also experimental in both content and mode of expression. Undoing listening can also encourage collective listening in the online panel to a curated sound clip, for example. Reference: Jonathan Sterne, 2021. Diminished Faculties: A Political Phenomenology of Impairment. Duke University Press.

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Session 1 Thursday 18 July, 2024, -
Session 2 Thursday 18 July, 2024, -