Auralities [2019-21]

Alternate Wednesdays 14.30-16.30 during term-time, unless otherwise noted. Please see programme for details (UK Time).

Online sessions until further notice.


About

The ‘Auralities’ research network is concerned with investigating, debating and understanding practices of audition, broadly conceived. Our heading is necessarily in the plural: practices of audition are shaped by wider cultural practices that shift across different times and places; differences between ‘hearing’ and listening’ have preoccupied philosophers and scientists alike; and even definitions of sound itself presume a normalised baseline of human sound perception (traditionally cited as 20 Hz to 20,000 Hz), averaged across large populations. On an individual level, too, pluralities prevail, as audition is typically understood as a psychoacoustic process that involves two ears – ‘binaurality’ – in which sound, space and time become closely entangled. Our seminar will explore these plural facets of sound, hearing and listening by bringing together scholars and practitioners from a range of disciplines across the humanities, social and natural sciences.

In particular, we aim to extend the current domains of sound studies chronologically, geographically, biologically, and culturally, to question assumptions about shared norms of hearing/listening. We are thus especially interested, somewhat paradoxically, in what we might understand as a post-aural moment in sound studies, where literal audition or the presence of audible sound are no longer presumed as a necessary part of aurality.

 

To join our email list, contact Mina Gorji
Administrative assistance: networks@crassh.cam.ac.uk

Convenors

Convenors

Mina Gorji (Senior Lecturer, Faculty of English)
Peter McMurray (Lecturer, Faculty of Music)
Bettina Varwig (Lecturer, Faculty of Music)
Christina Woolner (Research Associate/Leverhulme Early Career Fellow, Department of Social Anthropology)
Ross Cole (Research Fellow, Homerton College, Faculty of Music)


Previous Convenor

Andrea Grant (Lecturer, Department of Social Anthropology) [2019-20]
 

Faculty Advisors

Prof Steven Connor (Grace 2 Professor of English, Faculty of English)
Prof Ian Cross (Professor of Music and Science, Faculty of Music)
Prof Deborah Howard (Professor Emerita of Architectural History, Dept of History of Art)



 

Programme 2020-21

All online events are scheduled at UK time. Please check time for individual events.

Auralities
POSTPONED: Sound and Race
14 October 2020, ONLINE SESSION (UK Time)

Julian Henriques (Goldsmiths),  Marie Thompson (Open University)

Histories of Sacred Listening: Roundtable
28 October 2020, ONLINE SESSION (UK Time)

Jeremy Begbie (Cambridge/Duke), Rosamund Oates (Manchester Metropolitan), William Tullett (Anglia Ruskin), Richard Williams (SOAS)

Poetics of Place and Displacement: Poetry Reading and Discussion
11 November 2020, ONLINE SESSION (UK Time)

Vahni Capildeo (Trinidadian British poet), Xasan Daahir "Weedhsame" (Somali poet), Martin Orwin (Linguist and Translator, Naples) 

Sound Art: A Conversation
25 November 2020, ONLINE SESSION (UK Time)

Aura Satz (London-based artist)

Past Programme

Programme 2019-20

Auralities
Technologies of Listening: Roundtable
16 October 2019, Seminar Room SG1, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DT

Michael Bull (Sussex), Melissa Dickson (Birmingham), Salomé Voegelin (Arts London)

Sounding Objects: A Conversation about Foley
30 October 2019, Seminar Room SG1, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DT

Rebecca Glover (Foley/sound artist, London), Emilija Talijan (Oxford)

Poetry and Listening: Poetry Reading and Workshop
13 November 2019, Seminar Room SG1, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DT

Sasha Dugdale (Poet and Translator), Faith Lawrence (Poet and Producer, Radio 3, ‘The Verb’), Angela Leighton (Poet and Critic, Cambridge)

CANCELLED Histories of Sacred Listening: Roundtable
27 November 2019, Seminar Room SG1, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DT

Jeremy Begbie (Cambrigde/Duke), Rosamund Oates (Manchester Metropolitan), William Tullett (Anglia Ruskin), Richard Williams (SOAS)

Avian Listening
22 January 2020, Seminar Room SG1, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DT

Reading Group

Roundtable: Music and Memory in East Africa
05 February 2020, Seminar Room SG1, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DT

Andrea Grant (Cambridge), Kenedid Hassan (CFSS), David Mwambari (KCL), Christina Woolner (Cambridge)

Sound Art: A Conversation
19 February 2020, Seminar Room SG1, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DT
CANCELLED: Roundtable: Deafness and Religion
04 March 2020, KC Shasha Conference Suite, Woolf Institute, Westminster College, Madingley Road, Cambridge CB3 0UB

Jointly sponsored by The Woolf Institute and CRASSH

CANCELLED: Listening Session: Audio Ethnography
29 April 2020, Seminar Room SG1, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DT

Peter McMurray  (Cambridge)
 

CANCELLED. Roundtable: Histories of Sacred Listening
13 May 2020, Seminar Room SG1, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DT

Jeremy Begbie (Cambrigde/Duke), Rosamund Oates (Manchester Metropolitan), William Tullett (Anglia Ruskin), Richard Williams (SOAS)