Call for Papers for Conference “Work With Sounds. Theory – Practices – Networks”, 19. – 21. August 2015, LWL-Industriemuseum Dortmund

The final conference of the EU-Project “Work with Sounds” brings together sound projects from museums, archives, universities and media to share their experiences with recording, conserving, exploring and using the sounds and soundscapes of Europe.

What was the soundscape of industrialization? How does it differ from the soundscape today? Has the volume of our environment increased or decreased? When did people begin to perceive urban and industrial sounds as a nuisance? When did people start measuring the acoustic environment? Where and why have sounds turned into acoustic codes? What role does the technical reproducibility of the acoustic play? Which sounds are carved into the acoustic memory? What significance can sounds have for the identity of individuals, collectives or even nations? What sources can be used for a comprehensive Sound History? How do museums deal with the acoustic cultural heritage and how can they impart it? What are the benefits of publicly accessible sound collections and who would make use of them?

The final conference of the EU-Project “Work with Sounds” (www.workwithsounds.eu) brings together sound projects from museums, archives, universities and media to share their experiences with recording, conserving, exploring and using the sounds and soundscapes of Europe. In panels on urban sounds, museum sounds, reflecting sounds and working with sounds the conference wants to present and discuss theories and practices in the history and anthropology of sound, the importance and meaning of sound, and the potential of working with sounds – internationally and interdisciplinary.

Call for Papers

In the final panel we invite projects to present their work, exchange ideas and opinions, and network. We would like to have 10 minute presentations highlighting the 5 most important issues of your work – with sounds and pictures if you wish. Our “project market“ will offer further opportunities for self-presentation and networking. Please send your proposal (1 page incl. a short biography) to konrad.gutkowski@lwl.org. The deadline is 20th June 2015.

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