Upcoming Event: Sound and Dissent

Please join us on Friday, February 1st at the John Molson School of Business (MB 3.270) for Sound and Dissent, a conference focusing on the intersections of sound and political history. Presented under the auspices of the Sound Studies Working Group at Concordia University, Sound and Dissent brings together scholars from across Montreal to discuss the ways in which sound studies can help us think through instances of political dissent. The goal of this conference is to establish a space for scholars to bridge interdisciplinary research on the political implications of sound and its censorship.

Inspired by les manifs casseroles, this conference will address the use of sound as a vehicle for local, national, and global political action as well as a mode of governance and control. Furthermore, Sound and Dissent will examine the issues most relevant to researching historical and contemporary political sounds within digital culture.

Organized by former and current graduate students Kristen Alfaro, Beatriz Bartolomé Herrera, and Viviane Saglier, Sound and Dissent features graduate students from Concordia, McGill, and Queen’s Universities. Following the graduate panel, there will be a roundtable with Dr. Elena Razlogova (History Department, Concordia), Dr. Jonathan Sterne (Communication Studies, McGill), and MHSoC’s own Dr. Kay Dickinson and Dr. Masha Salazkina.

Sound and Dissent is presented in dialogue with Professor Dickinson’s MA Graduate course, “The Sounds of Struggle” and will give students the opportunity to hear new research in the area of sound and political history as well as to engage with interdisciplinary scholars, organizers, and artists from across Montreal.

We hope to see you there!


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Friday, February 1, 2013

John Molson School of Business, Concordia University, 1450 Rue Guy, MB 3.270

Free Entrance

12:30 – S.D. Jowett, History, Queen’s University

“No Quiet Revolution: Reflections on Montreal’s historical soundscapes”

1:00 PM – Magdalena Olszanowski, Communication Studies, Concordia University

“The Nocturnal Sounds of 2012 Quebec Student Strike: Experiencing Protest as a Plurality of Resistances”

1:30 PM – Lilian Radovac, Communication Studies, McGill University

“It’s Not What You Say But How Loudly You Say It: New York’s Noise Ordinance and Public Speech.”

2:00 PM – Mitchell Akiyama, Communication Studies, McGill University

Ultra Red’s Constitutive Utopias: Field Recording and the Politics of Sound Art”

2:30 – 3:00 PM – Coffee break

3:00 PM – Roundtable “Documenting, Theorizing, and Archiving Sound”

With Kay Dickinson, Elena Razlogova, and Jonathan Sterne.

Moderator: Masha Salazkina

Wine and cheese to follow in MB 3.130