CfC: Sound Studies: Art, Experience, Politics (University of Cambridge)

Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Cambridge
“Sound Studies: Art, Experience, Politics”
July 8-10th 2015 – University of Cambridge
Deadline: March 15th 2015

Sound Studies: Art, Experience, Politics is a three-day conference featuring leading researchers and artists in the field. The conference will include presentations by leading academics, as well as a sound art installation by an artist in residence, and an evening Sound Art and Criticism Salon.

The conceptual foundations of this conference are that sound is a vast assemblage of multisensory experiences and multivalent conceptualisations, and that sound is at once embodied, social and political. Sound Studies: Art, Experience, Politics invites researchers to consider not only the relationship between sound and broader sensory perception but also the social, political and economic implications of sound.
Conference sessions will include papers on:

  • Gendered Sounds
  • Sound, Conflict & War
  • Urban Phonography
  • Sound, Embodiment & the Multisensory

Sound Studies: Art, Experience, Politics aims to draw attention to the international growth of sound studies, and to emphasise the innovative and potentially subversive nature of research that steps outside of the norms of academic investigation into visual and textual materials.

The conference concludes with a plenary by Steven Connor, Grace 2 Professor of English, University of Cambridge.

We are seeking contributions in the form of academic papers, sound art, and an artist residency. Information can be found at the URL:
Call for Academic Papers –
Call for Sound art and Criticism Salon –
Call for Artist in Residence –

All proposals should be emailed to by March 15th 2015.

Ely Rosenblum (Cambridge, Faculty of Music)
Anija Dokter (Cambridge, Faculty of Music)
Professor Steven Connor (Cambridge, Department of English)