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Methodologies of Sound Studies
Marcel Cobussen & Holger Schulze

Sounding and hearing are not simple entities to be researched on. The specific corporeal as well as situative character and the historically and culturally relative nature of the sonic demand further developments of existing methods: how can we manage to integrate this rich corpus of everyday and in situ sounds into research? How can we avoid simply objectifying and reifying such processual and situative entities? What heuristics and methods are already in use and prove to result in insightful and inspiring research publications? Are there forgotten or overseen references in the history of epistemologies which we could take up and elaborate for sound studies? Are there research institutes or environments which are maybe overseen by current research and need to be reviewed? How can sound practices - be it in traditional sonification techniques or in daring and advanced forms of sounding art - themselves be used as experiential sites through which (sonic) events are investigated? This panel explores the diversity of approaches, methods and heuristics applicable to research into as well as through sound.

Being a main theme of the conference this topic has spawned a wide range of panels during the weekend.

Panel I: Sonic Topographies
Chair: Erik Granly Jensen
Time: Friday 15-17

  • Goebel, Rolf J.: Sonic Transpositions: Intermedial Reflections on Sound and the (Post-)modern Metropolis
  • Guillebaud, Christine: Toward An Anthropology of Ambient Sound? Perspectives from India
  • Birgitte Stougaard Pedersen & Iben Have: The Audiobook as Part of a Changing Mediatized Landscape


Panel II: Methodologies of Sound Studies: A round table discussion
Panel: Marcel Cobussen, Holger Schulze, Salomé Voegelin & Daniela Cascella
Time: Friday 15-17

Panel VII: Evaluating Sound and Music
Chair: Charlotte Rørdam
Time: Saturday 9-11

  • Kroier, Johann: Rethinking the sound-music-interface: Sonology vs. Sonophenomenology?
  • Viel, Massimiliano: Patterns and distinctions of listening
  • Mulder, Jos: A sound studies perspective on Live Sound (or vice versa) 


Panel VIII: Methodologies of Sound Studies I
Chair: Holger Schulze
Time: Saturday 9-11

  • Bijsterveld, Karin: Snippets of Sonic Evidence: What Sound Studies can Learn from Archeology
  • Andean, James: Sonic Narratives: Exploring sound as narrative/studying narrative through sound
  • Murray, Leo: Peirce and sound practice


Panel XIV: Methodologies of Sound Studies II
Chair: Marcel Cobussen
Time: Saturday 15:45-17:45

  • Çağlar, Mehtap: I Hear You: Soundwalking in Tarlabasi
  • Nielbo, Frederik Laigaard: Sound studies – an integrative approach to auditory perception
  • Schwesinger, Sebastian & Felix Gerloff: From thinking sound to sound thinking: A Kulturwissenschaft approach to the sonic within culture 


Panel XX: Sound as Practice and as Event
Chair: Ansa Lønstrup
Time: Sunday 9-11

  • Batcho, James: “Hearing is an Event of Possible Understanding”
  • Bjørnsten, Thomas: Sonic strategies for digital lifeworlds - making sense of Big Data through sound based practices