Symposium of Sound: ‘The rest is silence’ (Call for Papers, 14th June; Conference, 3rd to 4th September)


A man and a woman listening on headphones

American Gothic Parody (1972), by RCA Records (Billboard, page 29, 18 November 1972) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

A two-day conference at Durham University will tune in to the theme of ‘sound’. Keynote speakers and performers include Professor Helen Abbott (Department of Modern Languages, University of Birmingham), Dr Edward Allen (Faculty of English, University of Cambridge) and Aurélia Lassaque (bilingual poet and singer in French and Occitan). Submissions for papers are due by 14th June. The conference will run from 3rd to 4th September.

The Symposium of Sound is a two-day conference supported by Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership. We invite abstracts for papers of twenty minutes in length on the theme of ‘sound’: its creation, imitation, and its relationship with language. Proposals may range across fields of study, with interdisciplinary approaches particularly welcome in areas such as literature, music, performance and creative practice, modern languages, and linguistics. Topics may include but are not limited to:

  • Utterance, verbal and non-verbal
  • Metre, rhythm, and rhyme
  • Timbre and voicing
  • Pitch and tone
  • Echo and imitation
  • Song and lyric in performance and on the page
  • Phonetics and phonology
  • Soundscapes and sounds in place
  • Orality and aurality
  • Dialect and vernacularity
  • Gossip, rumour and bruit
  • Noise
  • Sound media (including radio and film)
  • Repetition and repetitiveness
  • Silence and the absence of sound

Please send abstracts of 250-300 words and a short biography to symposiumofsound2018@gmail.com by 14th June 2018.

Registration for the conference is free.

For further details, visit the Symposium of Sound website or follow via Twitter and Facebook.

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