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The Body as Ear: A Listening Remix

 

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Hi Steph,

 

I just learned about HASTAC today. This blog is wonderful, and I enjoyed reading your pieces on listening and materiality. I wish I had such a forum when I was writing my diss in 2006! You are asking similar questions to what I grappled with in my dissertation 4 years ago. I am now working to update my research to include new digital technologies. Mainly I'm interested in interesections between listening, technology, and racial meaning. Like you, I was trying to undo the notion of hearing as a natural, fixed phenomenon and listening as disconnected from that. My dissertation is called On the Lower Frequencies and I completed it at Penn in 2006. I'm not sure how helpful it will be, but you can check it out. I'll keep reading your posts. It's a great way to get my head back into research while I'm teaching.

Keep Listening,

Nicole

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Thanks for your comments, Nicole.  I would love to hear more about your work and to share some references.  Please email me stephceraso@gmail.com if you're interested in talking more! I look forward to checking out your diss.

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I thought the book a couple of years ago on Stelarc was fascinating. Also, this came across a couple of mailing lists I read and I thought it sounded relevant to your interests:

 

"http://www.interferencejournal.com/submissions

Call for papers  Interference: A Journal of Audio Culture, are pleased to announce a call  for papers for the inaugural issue *"An Ear Alone is Not a Being":  Embodied Mediations in Audio Culture*.  *Deadline for submission of Abstracts October 31st 2010*"  
I enjoyed your post, and I look forward to reading more.

best,
Steve Burnett
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Thanks, Steve!  Interference looks like it's going to be a very cool journal (with an amazing editorial board).  I appreciate the heads up. 

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Hi Steph - I wonder whether you know the work of Bruce Smith, who is very influential in early modern literary studies and more widely in sound studies as well.  Throughout his book _The Acoustic World of Early Modern England: Attending to the O-factor_, Smith discusses the question of listening through the body, including within the Renaissance theater.  And for a more recent and possibly more transportable discussion of thinking with the body, I'd recommend "Hearing Green" in the edited collection _Reading the Early Modern Passions_.  If you don't already know Smith's work, it might help to add a dimension of what he calls "historical phenomenology" to your research: which is to say that people did not always listen in the same way, and it can be very illuminating to think about the historical dimensions of the problem.

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Thanks for the tip, Scott! I have read a little of Smith's work (in the fabulous collection of essays, Hearing Cultures), but not his major works.  I'll definitely check it out.  

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