Cornell Society for the Humanities Conference on Sounding Cultures: From Performance to Politics

Cornell Society for the Humanities Conference on Sounding Cultures: From Performance to Politics
Friday, October 14, 2011 (All day) to Saturday, October 15, 2011 (All day)

CONFERENCE LIVE STREAMED:
http://www.arts.cornell.edu/sochum/sounding.html

The Society for the Humanities will feature leading figures in sound
studies along with its 2011-12 Fellows at a Conference on Sounding
Cultures: From Performance to Politics, October 14-15, at the A. D.
White House.  The conference is free and open to the public.

Organized by Society Director, Timothy Murray, the conference will
feature two plenary sessions by Senior Invited Fellow, Emily
Thompson, Professor of History at Princeton University (Friday, Oct.
14, 4:30pm,  Hollis E Cornell Auditorium, Goldwin Smith Hall) and by
sound artists Keith and Mendi Obadike who have contributed to the
movement of "Afro Futurism."  Additional guests will include Jim
Drobnick from the OCAD University, Toronto; Art Jones, School of the
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Caitlin Marshall, UC Berkeley; Sarah
Drury, Temple University; and Helen Thorington, New Radio and
Performing Arts.   The conference will feature an interactive lunch
with art projects by Eliot Bates (Music, Cornell) and Renate Ferro
(Art, Cornell) and a concluding DJ performance with Art Jones and
Erin Ferro-Murray.

For further information, please contact Timothy Murray, tcm1@cornell.edu

Conference Schedule:
Sounding Cultures: From Performance to Politics
Cornell University
October 14-15

Friday, October 14
A. D. White House
 1:15pm            Introduction           
Timothy Murray, Director, Society for the Humanities
 1:30-2:45pm            Listening in Motion
Chair: Barry Maxwell, Comparative Literature & American Studies, Cornell

Jim Drobnick, Contemporary Art and Theory, OCAD University, Toronto
"Listening Awry"
 Art Jones, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
"Motion Graf: Electronic Media as Public Art"

3:00-4:15pm            Audition from the Middle East
Chair: Shawkat Toorawa, Near Eastern Studies, Cornell
 Ziad Fahmy, Fellow, Society for the Humanities; Near Eastern Studies, Cornell
"Listening to Egypt: Vaudeville and Sound Media during the First World War"
 Jeanette Jouili, Fellow, Society for the Humanities
"Connecting ethical audition with ethical spectatorship: Islamic
performing arts and its publics"


4:30pm             PLENARY LECTURE
Hollis E. Cornell Auditorium, Goldwin Smith Hall
 Emily Thompson, Senior Invited Fellow, Society for the Humanities;
History, Princeton University
"Sound and Fury: Projecting Change in the American Film Industry, 1926-1933"
 6:00 - 7:00pm            Public Reception,  A. D. White House

Saturday, October 15
A. D. White House
 9:30-10:45am             African-American Performance
Chair: Damien Keane, Fellow, Society for the Humanities; English,
University of Buffalo
Caitlin Marshall, Performance Studies, University of California, Berkeley
"Power in the Tongue"
 Jennifer Stoever-Ackerman, Fellow, Society for the Humanities;
English, Binghamton University
"Reconstructing Music: Race, Listening, and the Jubilee Singers"

11:00-12:15am            Sonic Practice
Chair: Nick Salvato, Theatre, Film & Dance, Cornell
 Sarah Drury, Film and Media Arts, Temple University
"Unsound Practices: Variations on Themes of Sensing, Sending, Inscribing"

Nina Sun Eidsheim, Fellow, Society for the Humanities; Musicology, UCLA
"Considering Sonic Site Specificity"

12:15-2:00pm             Interactive Lunch
 Ithaca Soundscape Project (Eliot Bates, Music, Cornell)
Suspicious Packages (Renate Ferro, Art, Cornell)
CTHEORY MULTIMEDIA, "NetNoise"

2:00-3:15pm PLENARY ARTIST PRESENTATION
Chair: Patricia Zimmermann, Finger Lakes Film Festival; Cinema,
Photography and Media Arts,  Ithaca College
Keith Obadike, Integrated Media Art & Sound Design, William Paterson University
Mendi Obadike, Media Studies, Pratt Institute
"African Metropole / Sonic City"

3:30-4:45pm            Soundscapes
Chair: Jeremy Braddock, English, Cornell
 Helen Thorington, New Radio and Performing Arts           
"Thoughts on Acoustic Space and Contemporary Practice"
 Jonathan Skinner, Fellow, Society for the Humanities; Environmental
Studies, Bates College
"Ecopoetics: Poetry and the Soundscape"

5:00-6:00pm Concluding Panel: Re-Sounding Cultures
Chair: Timothy Murray

Marcus Boon, Fellow, Society for the Humanities; English, York University
Eric Lott, Fellow, Society for the Humanities; English, University of Virginia
Tom McEnaney, Society for the Humanities; Comparative Literature, Cornell

9:00pm            TechnoBeat Sound Performance
A. D. White House
Art Jones with Erin Ferro-Murray

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