[ 5. September 2013 ]

CALL – Sept: Symposium on Acoustic Ecology

From: Aki Pasoulas
Sent: Thursday, 29 August 2013, 19:30
Subject: REMINDER: Deadline 5 Sept: Symposium on Acoustic Ecology – Call for Submissions

REMINDER: Deadline 5 Sept 2013

Symposium on Acoustic Ecology
Call for Submissions. Deadline 5 Sept 2013

Proposals are invited for academic papers, study reports, posters, acousmatic and mixed format compositions informed by nature, sound installations and artistic contributions pertinent to the symposium theme. PhD students and early career researchers are especially encouraged to submit.

Dates for the Symposium
8-9 November 2013

Medway Campus, University of Kent, Kent ME4 4TZ

Brief Description
The Symposium on Acoustic Ecology investigates soundscapes as complex sounding systems that change in space and time, and shape our understanding of the surrounding world. Soundscapes present analytical challenges relating to perception, spatio-temporal dynamics, effects of anthropogenic sounds on ecosystems, changing acoustic environments, acoustic biodiversity and unwanted sounds. New possibilities for archiving soundscape recordings or manipulating them have emerged during the last few decades, which raised the potential for composing with associative material.

– How audio technologies affect our listening patterns and behaviours, and does listening to field recordings change our cultural habits?
– Why do we find certain sounds of the environment attractive or repulsive?
– How can neuroscientific theories of perception help to shed light on listening behaviours?
– To what extend is listening innate?
– What do we expect certain soundscapes to sound like?
The above list is not exhaustive. The Symposium on Acoustic Ecology aims to explore these questions, emphasising the interdisciplinary nature of the subject, and exploring listening to soundscapes in scientific, musical, social and cultural contexts.

Keynote speakers
Prof. Barry Truax
Dr Katharine Norman
A third keynote speaker to be confirmed

Organised by
The School of Music and Fine Arts, University of Kent

Sound-Image-Space research group (SIS; University of Kent)
Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology (DICE; University of Kent)
Unit for Sound Practice Research (SPR; Goldsmiths, University of London)
UK and Ireland Soundscape Community (UKISC; an affiliated member of the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology)
Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust

Funded by
Kent Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (KIASH)
School of Music and Fine Arts (SMFA)
School of Anthropology and Conservation
Goldsmiths College

Organising Committee
Dr Aki Pasoulas (chair), University of Kent, UK
Dr John Levack Drever, Goldsmiths College, UK
Dr Joseph Tzanopoulos, University of Kent, UK
Duncan MacLeod, University of Kent, UK

For further information on submissions and registration, please visit our website:

Dr Aki Pasoulas | Lecturer in Music & Audio Arts
School of Music and Fine Art, University of Kent
The Old Surgery
Chatham Historic Dockyard, Kent ME4 4TZ