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Call for papers: Sound, Noise and the Everyday: Soundscapes in China

August 21, 2014 - 00:00-August 24, 2014 - 00:00

Aarhus University and CHIME invite scholars from all disciplines to explore ‘sounds & noise’ in China. This conference (featuring for CHIME as its 18th International Meeting) does not focus on any particular historical period or research methodology, but seeks for the first time to bring scholars together who share an interest in aspects related to sound.
Can we identify a specific Chinese sound? If so, where are the roots to be found, and how did this sound achieve its current form? Sound production, associations and entanglements, meanings and (listening) effects as well as issues of promotion, manipulation and elimination will be discussed in relation to Chinese history, culture, society and politics.
The broader aim of this conference is to establish ‘sound’ as an analytical category that provides us with new perspectives on and a new understanding of China.
The publication of a conference volume is planned.
Keynote Speakers:
Prof. Andrew F. Jones (University of California, Berkeley): “Fugitive Sounds: Taiwanese Musical Cinema of the 1960s.”
Prof. Xiao Mei (Shanghai Conservatory of Music): “Memory of ‘the House with 72 Tenants’: The Soundscapes of Daily Life in Shanghai”
Possible topics include:
Sound Production, Sound Control
Sound and the State
Sound and Music
Eliminating Noise, Producing Sound
Defining Urban Soundscapes
Defining Rural Soundscapes
Chinese Sounds, Foreign Sounds
Sounds in Chinese History (or Society)
Sound and the Everyday
Abstracts of around 300 words are invited for twenty-minute presentations on the conference theme. Proposers may also submit panel sessions of a maximum of 120 minutes (including discussion).  We will also support a number of poster sessions in the course of the conference, enabling work in progress to be shared using video/image as well as other media.
The deadline for submission of abstracts is February 16, 2014.
Andreas Steen, Associate Professor, 
Aarhus University
Tel. +45-87162375.
Frank Kouwenhoven, email: chime@wxs.nl
Tel. +31-71-5133123 or 5133794, Mob. 06-4029.3426
Call for papers: Sound, Noise and the Everyday: Soundscapes in China


August 21, 2014 - 00:00
August 24, 2014 - 00:00