Functional Sounds: Auditory Culture and Sound Concepts in Everyday Life (ESSA 2013), 4.-6. Oktober 2013

First International Conference of the European Sound Studies Association (ESSA)

The Sound Studies Lab at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin in cooperation with the international research network Sound in Media Culture concludes its first two years of research with an international conference in Berlin. This will also serve as the first international ESSA conference.

The conference will focus on existing as well as emergent and cutting-edge approaches to functional sound design, sonification, auditory culture, everyday soundscapes, artistic concepts and popular culture. In particular, the conference will encourage presentations that include both theoretical and practical aspects and presentations that address everyday contexts within which sound—in its relation to media, technology, and the arts—is constitutive for new ways of thinking, listening, and becoming.

The conference also aims to examine, explore and critically engage with the issues and implications created by the growing field of sound studies. The ubiquity of sound in everyday communication and our daily sonic environment is not a new phenomenon; but the study of non-verbal communication through sound has only recently gained more attention in the academic realm.

The conference intends to provide six different streams for all the various aspects and hearing perspectives towards the functionality and dysfunctionality in auditory cultures today and in the past ranging from Soundscapes of the Urban Future over Cultural Politics & Sonic Experience, Pop & Sound, Methodologies of Sound in the Humanities and Sonic Artistic Practices & Research up to Sound Design Practices.

The programme committee consists of Michael Bull (UK), Marcel Cobussen (NL), Rainer Hirt (DE), Erik Granly Jensen (DK), Anahid Kassabian (UK/US), Jacob Kreutzfeldt (DK), Sylvia Mieszkowski (FR/DE), Jens Gerrit Papenburg (DE), Max Schneider (DE), Holger Schulze (DE), Carla Müller-Schulzke (DE), Alexandra Supper (NL/AT), Heikki Uimonen (FIN), Morten Michelsen (DK)

Organising chairs:
Morten Michelsen // Københavns Universitet/Denmark
, Founding Chair of the ESSA
Holger Schulze // Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Founding Vice-Chair of the ESSA and Principal Investigator of the Sound Studies Lab


On the conference:

Programme as PDF (3 keynotes, 60 presentations in 6 streams):


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