Past Workshops
Sound Studies Year 1

Sound Studies 2015-2016

Contact: Jeremy Morris (jwmorris2@wisc.edu) or Craig Eley (craig.eley@wpr.org)

Coordinators: Andrew Bottomley (Communication Arts), Craig Eley ​(Wisconsin Public Radio), Lisa Hollenbach (English), Joseph Koykkar (Dance), Jeremy Morris (Communication Arts), Erica Zhang (English)

Sound Studies workshops, meetings, and events can be found in the Borghesi-Mellon Workshops Calendar and more information about the workhop's activities can be found at their website, soundstudies.wisc.edu. To join the listserv, email join-soundstudies@lists.wisc.edu.

While sound has sometimes taken a secondary role to the “visual paradigm” that has dominated the humanities, sound studies has not­-so-­quietly emerged as a vibrant field providing innovative analytical tools and conceptual frameworks for dealing with and studying sound. From public problems such as noise pollution and environmental soundscape preservation to the cognitive and perceptual ways sound shapes and transforms human experience, sound and music are part of the fabric of everyday life. Tuning our attention to sound opens up new ways of doing history, understanding media, conceptualizing performance/identity, and analyzing contemporary social, political, and artistic processes. Like sound itself, the study of sound respects no boundaries and transgresses academic divisions and theoretical paradigms. 

Not limited to the academy, sound studies has explicitly welcomed the work of musicians, radio producers, conceptual artists, scientists, and technologists working with and through sound. Given the transdisciplinary “sonic turn” taking place in the humanities, this timely workshop serves to connect the disparate work on sound taking place at UW and beyond, providing a kind of signal tower for the creation, collection, and dissemination of sound ideas, resources and practices.