Sound Workshop: The Histories and Politics of Audio Archives

Sound Workshop: The Histories and Politics of Audio Archives


Price: Frei.

Location: Basler Afrika Bibliographien, Klosterberg 23, Basel (Seminarraum im 1. OG)

Di., 1. Juli 2014, 09:30 - 17:30 Uhr

Sound Workshop: The Histories and Politics of Audio Archives

Trans-disciplinary trajectories of audio recording, audio archives and hearing cultures in South(ern) Africa

Der Workshop richtet sich an Wissenschaftler und Studierende. Sprache: Englisch.


Historical audio recordings, voice and speech collections are increasingly receiving attention in cultural and social studies. Sound and hearing studies itself have become a small but burgeoning field and some scholar are claiming a “sonic” or “acoustic” turn in their fields of study. At the same time a general public, in constant search of “the authentic voice” yet long accustomed to the visuality of history, is turning eagerly to historical sound and music to „listen in“ and “listen out” to voices assumed as having been “lost”, “silenced” or “forgotten.” Some have argued that the “visual turn” has not only exceeded its limits – it has resulted in the disjuncture of what is conceptually closely related to each other: visuality and acoustics in one field of experience, practice, knowledge production and representation.

This workshop (the first of two) seeks to engage specifically and purposefully with historical audio collections and its aspects of recording, collection and audience politics and, as such, with the epistemologies of “hearing” and “listening”. It is jointly organised by the Basler Afrika Bibliographien (BAB) and the “Archive and Public Culture Research Initiative” of the University of Cape Town (UCT), with support by the Swiss South African Joint Research Project (University of Basel). A follow-up workshop will take place at the University of Cape Town on Tuesday 9 September 2014.


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