CFP: Listening to Germany and Austria

The Music and Sound Studies Network of the German Studies Association (GSA) invites proposals from scholars for the 43nd Annual Conference in Portland, Oregon in October 3-6, 2019. We welcome proposals that consider the many different histories, politics, and experiences of listening in German-speaking communities Germany and Austria from a number of interdisciplinary approaches. We especially welcome projects that focus on noise and sound as much as on music. We invite papers on a wide range of topics, including:

  • Technologies of Listening: how have technologies changed listening practices in the German-speaking world.

  • Listening to Popular Culture: how have pop music, techno, television shows, podcasts, radio-plays, and other sound-based media generated new audiences and experiences?

  • Historiographies of Listening: how do we discuss how we listen? How are listening narratives developed, preserved, and challenged over time?

  • Listening while Placebound: what are the differences between site-specific sound versus transient sound?

  • Hearing Icons: what makes something or someone sound iconic? How have iconic sounds or figures been generated and listened to?

  • Who Cares If You Listen: how does audience reception affect listening practices?

  • Listening to the Past: What does sound uniquely reveal about the past?

Deadline: Friday, January 18, 2019.


Please email your title and abstract of about 250 words to Jeff Hayton (jeff.hayton@wichita.edu), David Imhoof (imhoof@susqu.edu), Kira Thurman (thurmank@umich.edu), or Amy Wlodarski (wlodarsa@dickinson.edu).


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