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In the last decade and a half, “sound studies” has been increasingly posited as an emergent field rich for interdisciplinary collaboration. This is not a new call; the turn to sound may be more accurately termed a return (one of many) or even an outright continuity, rooted in conceptions not only of what we can no longer hear—the language and mousikê of Ancient Greece, dead voices and lost melodies—but also of all we persist in hearing.
This working group brings together a diverse community of scholars, artists, and performers interested in sound and its contexts. Topics for our twice-monthly discussions and guest speaker presentations include (but are not limited to) cross-cultural work on speech and audition, technological advances in recording and composition, and contemporary and historical approaches to literature, music, and media.
All meetings for the semester will be held in the Berkeley Center for New Media (BCNM) Commons, 340 Moffitt Library, unless otherwise stated.