JSS Call for Papers: Soundscapes of South-East Asia

Deadline: 6th Jan 2016

Music, radio, and TV broadcasts; blaring loudspeakers, public announcements, and street conversations; city sounds, sounds of progress, sounds of revolution, or sounds of change; sounds deliberately produced or emerging unintentionally, serving a disciplinary function or expressing forms of freedom; musical as well as non-musical (functional) sounds.

South-East Asia is filled with sounds; indeed, some people would say that it is a noisy part of the world. However, is it possible to identify a specific South-East Asian soundscape? And if so, where are the roots to be found, and how did these sounds achieve their current form?

The Journal of Sonic Studies is searching for scholarly and artistic contributions that deal with the relation between South-East Asian history, culture, society, and politics and the production, distribution, and reception of sounds, noises, and silence. The broader aim of this special issue is to establish “sound” as an analytical category that provides us with challenging perspectives on and a new understanding of South-East Asia. Therefore it does not focus on any particular historical period or research methodology, but seeks to bring scholars and artist-researchers together who share an interest in South-East Asian soundscapes.

Themes for submission may include but are not limited to:
The sonic identity of any South-East Asian space
Differences between Western and South-East Asian soundscapes
South-East Asian (contemporary) sound art
The role, position, and function of music in contemporary South-East Asian societies
Sonic histories of South-East Asia
Listening cultures of South-East Asia
Politics of sounds or the sounds of politics in South-East Asia
The role of silence in South-East Asian societies and/or discourses
The role of sounds in South-East Asian religions
Rural “versus” urban soundscapes

Deadline
Potential contributors are invited to submit completed essays by January 6, 2016.
For more information, or to submit an essay, please contact noise@sonicstudies.org

The Journal of Sonic Studies is a peer-reviewed, online, open access journal providing a platform for theorists and artist-researchers who would like to present relevant work regarding auditory cultures, to further our collective understanding of the impact and importance of sound for our cultures. The editors welcome scholarly as well as artistic research and also expect all contributions to have a firm theoretical grounding. Priority is given to contributions that explicitly use the Internet as a medium, e.g. by inserting A/V materials, hyperlinks, and the use of non-conventional structures. JSS invites potential contributors to use the Research Catalogue as the platform in which the submission is presented (see http://www.researchcatalogue.net/). Other submission guidelines can be found at sonicstudies.org/guidelines.

 

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