What is (Are?) Sound Studies and What Shape is it (Are They?) in Now?

  • Bruce Smith, English and Theatre, University of Southern California; Cecil H. and Ida Green Visiting Professor at UBC
    Coach House, Green College, UBC

    Thursday, March 21, 5-6:30 pm, with reception to follow
    in the series
    Cecil H. and Ida Green Visiting Professor
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  • We might answer, “In great shape, thank you for asking.” What this talk will explore, however, is the shape of Sound Studies in the sense of form or contour. The fieldof Sound Studies can be considered (1) as the extent of what can be perceived through hearing, (2) as a branch of academic study, and (3) as a region of space in which force is exerted on objects within that region of space, a “force-field.” The multiplicity of disciplines that converge in Sound Studies could be visualized as a circle or sphere, or perhaps as a complicated Venn diagram, but a more promising scheme can be found by tracing the propagation and reception of a sound from physical source through media to ear to the brain and body of a listener situated within a cultural habitus, as Pierre Bourdieu describes it. The idea of Sound Studies as a force-field will be tested in a few examples of how sound and voice figured in the culture of early modern England.
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  • Unless otherwise noted, all of our lectures are free to attend and do not require registration.

 

When
March 21st, 2019 5:00 PM   through   6:30 PM
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Coach House
6201 Cecil Green Park Rd
Green College, UBC
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1
Canada
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