CFP: Streetnotes: Sounds of the City

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Call for Papers
October 15, 2020
New York, United States
Subject Fields: 
Music and Music History, Sociology, Theatre & Performance History / Studies, Urban Design and Planning, Urban History / Studies

CFP Streetnotes 28, Sounds of the City

Deadline October 15, 2020


From traffic honking to church bells; jackhammers to party music; begging to preaching; protest chants to hovering helicopters…sounds of various kinds accompany our daily urban existence, and in time we learn how to navigate them—generating, regulating, celebrating, or ignoring them. But the COVID-19 pandemic transformed our sonic experiences in cities: some are amplified, some subdued. How do we make sense of urban sounds, noise, and music anew? Sirens, alarms, garbage trucks, gunshots, outdoor concerts, street festivals, bar music, block parties, ice-cream trucks, loud conversations, group protests, the revving up of motorcycles, the shattering of glass, the barking of dogs, busking, cursing, cat-calling, street-peddling, public transportation announcements—sounds used to evoke familiar places, practices, or people; they also calmed us down or drove us mad. Do we contemplate sounds and sound memories differently in the face of the global health crisis? What sounds do we fear, miss, anticipate? How do we process silence? Quarantined at home, isolated from each other, urban dwellers around the world open their windows every night, to salute frontline workers by clapping in unison, or to protest their government’s inadequate response to the COVID-19 pandemic by banging on pots and pans. Have we found new ways, in these times of social distancing, to be together through sound? Or is sound simply not enough, as we see urban dwellers, protective masks on, gather together in public places worldwide despite virus and curfew, to fight racism and police brutality? In the past, we relied on our smartphones and listening devices to tune into our own, private soundscapes and avoid the city’s. Now we rely on our devices to record public instances of governmental injustice and abuse. How have our concepts of private space, public life, and sharing the city through sound changed? Drawing from the works of Raymond Murray Schafer, Jacques Attali, and Michael Bull, among others, the next issue of Streetnotes seeks submissions that address the sonic shaping of our contemporary urban experiences, prior, during, because and in spite of COVID-19. We are interested in academic or personal essays, ethnographies, experimental writing, poetry, and photo essays.

Submit all articles through Streetnotes submission system, by Oct 15th, 2020:

Please, direct any inquiries to the co-editors of the volume:Prof. Jorge de La Barre, and Prof. Blagovesta Momchedjkova,

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Please, direct any inquiries to the co-editors of the volume: Prof. Jorge de La Barre, and Prof. Blagovesta Momchedjkova,

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