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Call for Papers: Seeking papers for panel on “Sound, Mobility and Urban Space”

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Communication and China·Fudan University Forum 2015

Dec.20-21, 2015, Fudan University, Shanghai

From automobiles honking, train and tram tracks vibrating, cycle wheels whizzing and footstep’ pattering, mobility in cities is rhythm and sound. Far from being just mere noise, these mobile sounds and sounds of mobility are part of sonic ecologies of cities: we communicate with them, we come to perceive them as being part of the fabric of urban life and our interactions are mediated by them. Sometimes we remove ourselves through spaces by way of headphones and mobile technology and at other times we may alter experience through augmented aurality. But what do these sounds do? What can we learn from them? What can we do with them? How have intersections in technology, mobility and sound re-shaped contemporary urban experience?

This year’s Communication and China·Fudan University Forum 2015 focuses on new relations developed through new forms of communication that have emerged in today’s involving Internet technology. The notion of the mobile city characterizes a new relational and fluid space in the modern city; it challenges binaries of stillness-movement, real-virtual, city-media, global-local, on line-off line.

The panel ‘Sound, Mobility and Urban Space’ will address this general theme through the perspective of sonic practices.The panel seeks to address the various assemblages of sound, listening, hearing and mobilities in urban spaces. We intend to include scholars of sound studies and artist-scholars whose practices are deeply involved with the cultural and social aspect of sound. We invite paper abstracts and artistic-research proposals of 200 words that focus on the following concerns, topics and questions associated to the relationships between sound and mobility in urban spaces:

How does sound take part in shaping city’s identity?
How is sound related to the control and maintenance of urban space, including private, public, commercial, historical, political, entertainment spaces?
How does sound make certain aspects of the city that usually skip the eyes, thinkable and visible?
What is the sonic aspect of social media in terms of mediating modern city life?
How to trace urban transformation through sound?
How do mobile technologies enable new forms of eavesdropping and civil surveillance?
What does it mean to “sound out” a space?
How do we preserve the acoustic past in the transforming city?
How does the study of sound contribute to the flow of the city?

Deadline for abstract submission is September 20, 2015.
Abstract should be sent to both Adel Wang [[email protected]] and Trever Hagen [[email protected]]

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