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Call For Papers for Our Next Conference

"The Image and the Word"

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5) "Imaging the Sound: The Role of Soundscape and Soundscape Studies in (Re)Framing the Visual"
Panel Chair:Alessandra Calanchi. University of Urbino, Italy
E-E-mail: alessandra.calanchi@uniurb.it  

The visual image plays a crucial role in perception. However, the "pictorial turn" of our present time does include other important forms of representation and communication. If the boundaries between arts have become blurred in modern and postmodern times, those between sight and the other senses have dramatically changed, revealing unprecedented connections and challenging opportunities. In some exhibitions (e.g., Kandinsky-Cage 2018), for instance, it is possible to "listen to" and to touch a number of pictures. In particular, in the last twenty years sound and soundscape studies have often interfaced with literature and visual arts, providing useful tools of comprehension and fascinating trajectories of study and research. While our twenty-first century seems dominated twenty-first century seems dominated by pictures, discursive practices, arts, and technologies show that the soundscape is equally important, from film sound effects to car navigation systems or refueling stations and voicemails. Any technological progress has a sonic feedback which creates a totally new scenario independent from the visual – e.g., the ring of our mobiles on a train, or the total lack of noise of an approaching electric car. How does the soundscape – any soundscape – interface and interact with the visual? Is sound a competitor or is it an ally of the image? And how can inter-disciplinarity and inter-mediality help find better practices of critical analysis which take soundscape into due consideration in the arena of literary, cultural, and digital representations?

This workshop focuses on examples from US literature, cinema, and the new media that enlighten the crucial role of sound (including noise, voice, silence, music) interfacing with visual communication and representation. Literary theory, cultural studies, film studies, gender studies, multimodal studies and sSoundscape studies are welcome.



Please submit all paper proposals directly to the Panel Chair using this form no later than October 15, 2018.

Panel Chairs will notify applicants of their acceptance/rejection no later than November 15, 2016.

For information on the Conference Venue see the Organizing Committee's website.

SAAS members, ASA members, and other scholars (not necessarily affiliated with any of these associations), are invited to submit proposals to the panel of their choice. Donwload this form, fill it out, and send it via email to the chair of your selected panel.

In order to present a paper, participants who are not SAAS, ASA, APEAA or HELAAS members will be required to pay a one year's membership fee (and enjoy the benefits for the following year) plus the conference fee.

Students have to become SAAS members (if they are not SAAS/ASA/APEEA/HELAAS members already) and pay 50 percent of the registration fee (60€ early bird/75€ late registration) if they wish to present a paper and/or attend the "Félix Martín" Doctoral Seminar.

Deadline: October 15, 2018

Further guideliness for participants can be found here.

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