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Studies in Sound: Listening in the Age of Visual Culture
Graduate Student Conference

The University of Iowa, February 22-24, 2007

Call for Papers

Proposal deadline:	November 17, 2006

Keynote speaker: 	Caryl Flinn, Professor of Women?s Studies at The  
University of Arizona and author of The New German Cinema: Music, History
and the Matter of Style and Strains of Utopia: Gender, Nostalgia, and
Hollywood Film Music.

Performance:		The Audible Picture Show, audio works for a "dark

In Audio-Vision, Michel Chion states, "For sound there is neither frame
nor container."  Chion's statement alludes to the ways in which sound, as
a constituent element of the audiovisual text, remains an understudied
topic of research.  In this sense, the ethereal nature of sound often
escapes our attention, and, consequently, continues to be an abstraction.  
It is the purpose of this conference to open up a dialogue in which we can
bring to the fore issues related to sound.  For instance, how might we
conceive of the effects of sound?  What are the politics that undergird
the current studies of sound?  How could we situate the contemporary
moment within a history of listening?  How does attention to sound affect
readings of particular texts?  ?Studies in Sound? approaches these
questions through interdisciplinary interaction in order to foster
communication between fields of study and benefit from the intersection of
art and academic writing.  We are soliciting papers that explore sound
from a range of perspectives within the Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences,
and Natural Sciences.

Topics to consider include (but are not limited to):

Aural pleasure and cinematic reception
The politics of listening
Feminism and sound: the female voice
The aural construction of the subject
The operatic voice
The global pop music market
Voice-over, voice-off
Literary soundscapes
Translation and sound
Construction of theatrical sound
The voice in ethnography
The perception of sound by specific audiences
Soundscapes and spectacle
Personal audio devices
Radio sound, radio design
Film music
Environmental music and its effects
Dubbing and international cinema/television
Listening in Linguistic Anthropology
Teaching sound

Please send abstracts of no more than 350 words by November 17, 2006 to: or Jennifer Fleeger, Department of Cinema and
Comparative Literature, E210 AJB, Iowa City, IA 52242, USA.

Full panels (featuring three papers) and creative presentations may also
be proposed and should include a panel or session title, brief description
of theme, name of chair, and abstract for each presentation. Please
include name, street address, telephone number, and email address on all

For more information, visit the conference website:

"Studies in Sound: Listening in the Age of Visual Culture" is hosted by
the Department of Cinema and Comparative Literature and co-sponsored by
the Institute for Cinema and Culture, International Programs, the
Department of English, and the Department of Communication Studies.
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