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Ergebnisanzeige "German Soundscapes "
RessourcentypCall for Papers
TitelGerman Soundscapes
BeschreibungNortheast Modern Language Association

39th Annual Convention, April 10-13, 2008

Buffalo, NY

German Soundscapes

Our knowledge of the world is informed by our senses of sight, touch, taste, smell, and sound. Yet examinations of culture and cultural products are largely restricted to those defined by sight: what we see, photograph, film, paint, write, and read. Sound scholars argue that the role of sound has largely been ignored, even though the world's noises become more complex and louder each day. From the use of music in shopping malls to the sounds of construction, our daily lives have become noisy. (This does not even take into account the willing introduction of music into our routines, made more relevant by the popularity of the iPod.) It is time to change the paradigms of how we perceive the world; according to Bruce Smith: "Knowing the world through sound is fundamentally different from knowing the world through vision." This panel is based on the concept of "acoustemology," a term created by anthropologist Steven Feld, which distinguishes itself from a visually based epistemology.

On this panel, we seek to understand Germany through sound by examining its "soundscapes," defined as "our sonic environment, the ever-present array of noises with which we all live" (Muray Schafer). What are these noises and what is their impact on (post)modern society? How is the urban space experienced through sound? What is an acoustic flaneur? What can we learn from aural architecture? Is there a tendency towards the production of sound art in the last decade? How do identities (national, sexual, gender, ethnic and racial) "sound"? How can history be portrayed as an acoustic experience? What are the utopian and dystopian qualities of sound? Where is the origin of sound - on the side of production or of reception?

We are soliciting paper proposals from literary and cultural studies scholars, art historians and architects, anthropologists and sociologists who investigate the role of sound in German cultural production. Papers may examine the role or function of sound in architecture, the arts, film, literature, marketing, propaganda, urban space, or the experience of daily life. Please send a 300-word abstract and a one-paragraph biographical sketch to both organizers:
Florence Feiereisen ( and Alexandra Merley Hill (
The submission deadline is September 15, 2007.
Quelle der BeschreibungInformation des Anbieters
PersonName: Hill, Alexandra Merley  
Funktion: Ansprechpartnerin 
LandVereinigte Staaten von Amerika
SchlüsselbegriffeKomparatistik (Kulturvergleich, Interkulturelle Literaturwissenschaft)
Klassifikation03.00.00 Literaturwissenschaft > 03.08.00 Poetik > 03.08.04 Dichtung und Musik
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