Sound is being celebrated as a source of insight in the humanities,  yet so far no study has been produced that focuses exclusively on sound in/and short, short short, very short and flash fiction. This ENSFR-affiliated conference aims to close that gap.

Sound is being celebrated as a source of insight in the humanities. Foregrounding the sense condemned to play second fiddle by Plato, scholars are tapping into sonic, auditive and aural phenomena and their technological reproduction, mapping practices of sound production, exploring soundscapes of different periods, compiling cultures and histories of hearing and listening. Some publications in this vibrant field focus on voice/s, others explore the theorisation, representation and political (re-) evaluation of noise/s or investigate how hearing may interact with vision, touch, taste and smell. Cultural theorists have been providing new concepts and (re-) conceptualizing old ones to facilitate critical takes on sound, the ear, auscultation and alternative forms of auditory perception, the invocatory drive, the vociferated object, the object voice, philosophies and practices of listening and acoustic territories. Volumes such as The Auditory Culture Reader (2003/2015), The Oxford Handbook of Sound Studies (2012) and, most recently, The Routledge Companion to Sound Studies (2018) testify to the continuing productivity of this field. Literary studies, too, have been making their contribution, analysing the representation of sound in texts as well as the sound of texts and contributing to the narratological vocabulary. Drama, poetry and the long narrative form have given rise to investigations of literary representation of sound on all levels, yet so far no study has been produced that focuses exclusively on short, short short, very short and flash fiction. As a first step towards closing this gap, this ENSFR-affiliated conference invites contributors to turn their attention to sound & short fiction. Who knows? Someone might even put the ‘tweet’ in twitterature….

Topics may include but are not limited to:

  • musical, mechanical, digital, natural sounds, tones, notes
  • voice/s of human or nonhuman origin
  • noise/s, cacophony, pandemonium
  • noise pollution and the Anthropocene
  • harmony
  • vibration, resonance
  • auscultation, aural perception, bone conduction, neuroprosthetic hearing
  • listening
  • sound as signal, warning, weapon
  • sound as enigma/riddle (delayed decoding)
  • acoustic spaces
  • echo, whispering gallery, auditory hallucination
  • media of sound recording
  • media of sound reproduction
  • sound & subject formation
  • sound in psychoanalysis
  • sound & desire
  • sound & affect
  • sound & emotion
  • sound & knowledge production
  • rhymes (sound as syntax)
  • sound & imagination
  • absence of sound
  • sound in dream spheres
  • sounds of the future/modernity/postmodernity
  • sounds of the past/history
  • metaphysical sound (the voice/s of God/angels/ghosts/the dead/demons)
  • imaginary/fictional musical instruments
  • material marks of sound
  • sounds of peace & sounds of war
  • the social (class) life of sound
  • sounds at work
  • sounds & food
  • sounds of death/dying
  • sounds of leisure
  • the cultural (codes, conventions,…) life of sound
  • gendered sound
  • deafness/Deafness
  • muteness
  • silence/silences/silencing
  • tinnitus and other phantom sounds
  • listening/not listening
  • sound & the other senses
  • synaesthesia
  • visualisations of sound
  • sound and madness/sanity
  • mechanical/non-mechanical transmission of sound
  • poetics of sound
  • sound & narratology
  • sound & genre

Keynote: 19th Sep, 6 pm

Confirmed Speaker: Dr. Jorge Sacido Romero (University of Santiago de Compostela)

Conference fee: 50 Euros / 30 Euros for PhD students

Conference dinner (cost covered): 20th Sep

Those interested in contributing should send 300-word abstracts for 20-minute papers in English by the 15th June 2019 to Michela Borzaga (michela.borzaga@univie.ac.at) and Sylvia Mieszkowski (sylvia.mieszkowski@univie.ac.at), and include short bio-bibliographical notes (approx. 100 words).

For practical and organisational information about More Than Meets the Ear please check from late November 2018 onwards: http://anglistik.univie.ac.at/more-than-meets-the-ear/




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