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Great Lakes Association for Sound Studies: Call for Projects

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Great Lakes Association for Sound Studies


Call for Projects

University of Chicago

Saturday, October 14 2017


Have you ever wanted to make a creative, sonic component to enhance your scholarship? Have you ever wanted to offer your scholarship in a sonic form, like radio, podcasts, digital simulations, or sound installations? Does your sound studies research use new digital humanities tools, such as transcription, audio analysis, corpus study, or sonic databases? GLASS will use its fall meeting to explore such creative, digital, sonic renderings of scholarship, at any stage of development.

Sound studies has, in recent years, become ever more entangled with digital humanities and sonic renderings. In the 1970s, R. Murray Schafer’s soundscape project encompassed both recordings and writings. Recently, a research team at Stanford digitally recreated the sonic space of the Turkish cathedral Hagia Sophia, in order to auralize the acoustics of the space from half a world away. The Sounding Out! online journal weaves together scholarship, sound, and video in a multimedia platform. These and other examples invite further creative thinking: What kinds of sonic renderings would complement your scholarship?

We welcome project proposals at any stage of development, projects that are suspended in fantasy space, half-imagined, half-developed. We also welcome proposals for projects that are more fully fleshed or well underway. We envision a flexible presentational format, depending on your research questions and stage of your project. Plans for the spring meeting of GLASS (Madison, April 20-21 2018) include time to hear updates and/or final versions of the projects discussed in the fall.

A keynote presentation by Mary Francis (University of Michigan Press) and Jacob Smith (Northwestern University) will illuminate our investigations. The two are collaborating to create scholarship in a radio format. The keynote lecture will offer practical, conceptual, and creative suggestions for beginning to sound out your scholarship.

Please submit a 250- to 500-word project proposal that:

·         describes your intended project

·         describes the current stage of development

·         describes a preferred presentational format (a read paper, an extemporaneous lecture, a roundtable with collaborators, a seminar-style workshop format, Q and A, etc.)

·         describes your A/V needs

We emphasize that projects can be experimental, nascent, and provisional. Proposals should be received by August 25, 2017. We will communicate with prospective presenters by September 1, 2017. The conference will be held October 14, 2017 on the University of Chicago campus. Please send proposals to Jennifer Iverson (iversonj@uchicago.edu).

About us: The Great Lakes Association for Sound Studies (GLASS) was established in 2016 to gather scholars working in sound studies (broadly construed: any scholarship for which sound is a method or object of study) in the Great Lakes region. Our goal is to generate high-level conversations around central problems in sound studies that could lead to new publications, grants, collaborations, and projects. Bi-annual GLASS meetings are opportunities to share ideas, pool resources, debut new works, and innovate in our teaching and scholarship together. For more information about GLASS, please contact Prof. Neil Verma at neil.verma@northwestern.edu. The University of Chicago organizing committee for the fall meeting includes Jennifer Iverson, Amy Skjerseth, Sam Pluta, James Lastra, and Ailsa Lipscombe.

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