Auralities

Alternate Wednesdays 14.00-15.30 during term-time, unless otherwise noted.

Seminar Room SG1, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DT


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 normalized 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 Dr Andrea Grant

Administrative assistance: networks@crassh.cam.ac.uk

Convenors

Convenors

Mina Gorji (Senior Lecturer, Faculty of English)
Andrea Grant (Lecturer, Deaprtment of Social Anthropology)
Peter McMurray (Lecturer, Faculty of Music)
Bettina Varwig (Lecturer, Faculty of Music)


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 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)