Sonic Fluidities

Sonic Fluidities
Saturday, March 3rd, 2018
8:00 am
Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater
To be announced

Sonic Fluidities
An Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference

March 2-3, 2018
University of California San Diego
Conrad Prebys Music Center

Sound — an un-solid state, a phenomenon of flux and emergence — opens up fluid spaces in which to theorize and create across disciplinary boundaries.  Sound siphons diverse conceptual frameworks and methodologies, allowing them to coexist and take on new forms. Not only does sound borrow from divergent bodies of knowledge, it blurs the distinction between creative practice, research and scholarly work, calling on researchers to consider their interconnected roles as listeners, performers, composers, curators, builders, etc. Sound acts as a conduit for labor from a variety of collaborators, resulting in radical epistemologies and hermeneutics.

The Integrative Studies (IS) program at UC San Diego’s Department of Music is a community of faculty and students whose work moves fluidly between scholarship, performance, improvisation, sound installation, composition, instrument building and more, with the common goal of theorizing through sound.  Our inaugural conference asks questions about what it means to do “integrative studies,” offering the metaphor of “fluidity” as a starting point for querying silos and hierarchies of knowledge.

The conference will feature a keynote address from
Professor George Lewis
of Columbia University, and a keynote performance by the interdisciplinary art collective

This two-day conference will include presentations and an evening
 concert. We welcome presentations in any format, including papers, performances, installations, etc.  We encourage proposals related but not limited to the following topics:

• The fluidity of “sound itself” (sonic materialities; aesthetics; issues of cognition and perception; auditory culture(s) in historical, ethnographic, or comparative perspectives; critical theories of sound art, etc.).
• The fluidity of “discipline” in the field of sound studies, including emerging creative, collaborative, and integrative methodologies in scholarship and art-making.
• Sound in politics, governance, violence, and individual or collective resistance.
• Perspectives on sound in/as/with race, class, gender, and sexuality.

We especially welcome submissions from graduate students and early-career scholars. Please submit your proposals (and any questions) to
by December 15, 2017.  

Please include the following information in your proposal:

• Title
• Abstract/Description (250-300 words)
• Name(s) of presenter(s)
• Affiliation(s)
• Presentation format
• AV requirements

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