Mapping Spaces, Sounding Places: Geographies of Sound in Audiovisual Media

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Call for Papers
September 10, 2018
Subject Fields: 
Digital Humanities, Film and Film History, Geography, Music and Music History, Popular Culture Studies


"Mapping Spaces, Sounding Places: Geographies of Sound in Audiovisual Media" is the XIV. Symposium zur Filmmusikforschung of the Kieler Gesellschaft für Filmmusikforschung, in collaboration with the Dipartimento di Musicologia e Beni Culturali, Cremona (Università di Pavia).

Conference date and venue will be 19–22 March 2019 at the Department of Musicology and Cultural Heritage (University of Pavia) in Cremona, Italy.

Invited speakers will be David J. Bodenhamer, Professor of History and Director of the Polis Center (Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis, USA) and Kevin J. Donnelly, Professor of Film and Film Music (University of Southampton, UK). 

The conference will also be comprised of a roundtable aiming at gathering artistic and practice-based research projects. The roundtable will be curated by Miriam De Rosa (Senior Lecturer, School of Media and Performing Arts, Coventry University, UK).

The new, extended deadline for submitting proposals (abstractsis10 September 2018.

Sound design, film music and music editing in general exert a primary function in conveying senses of space and place in audiovisual media. Strategies for connoting space and place in film sound and music vary with cinematic practices across history and according to transnational patterns of negotiation between global and local modes of production. At the same time audiovisual communication, when rich in local connotations, allows insights into specific socio-historical contexts and the documentation of human geographies. This conference aims to bring together scholars interested in mapping geographies of music and sound practices in audiovisual media (e.g. film, television, video games, interactive art). We invite fresh perspectives on film music and sound that are willing to embrace aspects ranging from individual approaches to space and place to collective geographies, also considering industrial trends and intermedia connections. Cultural, ethnographic, historical, analytical, data-driven and aesthetic approaches are welcome, as well as research on industrial and commercial practices.

Contact Info: 
Alessandro Bratus (Università di Pavia)
Alessandro Cecchi (Università di Pisa)
Maurizio Corbella (Università di Milano)