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Iberian Sound Cultures

Event date Event time Event location
01/05/2018 Senate House, University of London, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

Recent years have seen a growing interest in ‘sound studies’, a field of study that addresses the role of the auditory in culture and society. This one-day symposium seeks to establish a dialogue between sound studies and Iberian cultural studies. It intends to examine the place of sound both across a range of Iberian contexts (architecture, geography, acoustic environments) and media (sound technologies and sound art, music and film, for instance).

Using the auditory as a critical starting point, the workshop seeks to address the following questions: How does sound inform our understanding of Spanish and Portuguese history -- and in particular, their long and fraught road towards modernization? How might the categories of noise and silence, for instance, enable us to illuminate more fully historical junctures of crisis and contradiction within the Iberian peninsula? How might attendant changes in technology and culture be understood, or indeed rethought, through sound?

This symposium invites scholars working across a diverse range of disciplines and media to rethink the place of sound in Iberian cultures.

Confirmed speakers

  • Keynote speaker:
    Kathleen M Vernon, (Stony Brook University)
  • Ian Biddle (Newcastle)
  • Richard Elliott (Newcastle)
  • Sally Faulkner (Exeter)
  • Samuel Llano (Manchester)
  • Eva Moreda (Glasgow)
  • Sarah Wright (RHUL)
  • João Silva (Universidade Nova de Lisboa)
  • Tom Whittaker (Warwick)  

Event organisers: Tom Whittaker (Warwick) and Samuel Llano (Manchester)

Supported by the Open World Research Initiative Cross-Language Dynamics translingual strand. You can find out more about the project by website or Twitter.

All are welcome to attend this free event. Places are limited so please register in advance and secure your place by visiting; https://modernlanguages.sas.ac.uk/events/event/15210

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