Colloquium Sound & Sensory Studies

Holger Schulze
Colloquium Sound & Sensory Studies

trumps listening,

we are no good
at receiving.«

Michel Serres, The Five Senses (1985/2008), S. 139

Be it sound art-pieces, academic articles, blogposts or a PhD-treatment, an artistic research proposal: in this biweekly research colloquium we immerse ourselves in discussing new approaches to sound studies.

Part of the interdisciplinary Research Group Sound & Senses we invite all researchers, artists, students or listeners to take part and to propose topics and materials for our future meetings.

As a collaborative workshop this meeting provides an opportunity for researchers of all levels (experienced scholars as well as PhD-/MA-students or artistic researchers) to discuss their approaches from various interdisciplinary fields with a special sensibility concerning sound.


biweekly on Zoom


Sound Studies Lab
On Zoom
Department of Arts & Cultural Studies
Københavns Universitet
Karin Blixens Vej 1
2300 København


Cf. on website Sound in Media Culture


* Tuesday 1.2. kl.15:15-16:30CET:

Topic: New Concepts for Sonic Writing?
Presenter: Holger Schulze (University of Copenhagen)

Daphne Brooks, Liner Notes for a Revolution, Harvard University Press 2021
Holger Schulze, Sonic Writing. Converting Analog Percepts to Digital Marks, in: Michael Bull & Marcel Cobussen (eds.), The Bloomsbury Handbook of Sonic Methodologies, Bloomsbury Press New York 2021, 659-669.

* Tuesday 15.2. kl.15:15-16:30CET:

Topic: Cosmism, Soviet Propaganda and Unofficial Art: Sonic Fictions and the First Raves in Leningrad
Presenter: Giada Dalla Bontà (PhD student, University of Copenhagen)

Material: [TBC]

* Tuesday 1.3. kl.15:15-16:30CET:

Topic: Nanook, Frame Drums & Acoustemology: An Anthropological Listening to an Aspect of Greenlandic Sound Culture
Presenter: Ania Mauruschat (postdoc, University of Copenhagen)
Material: [TBC]

* Tuesday 15.3. kl.15:15-16:30CET:

Topic: Remapping Sound Studies in Latin-America: Live Coding as Sonic Fiction
Presenter: Aldo Mendoza (Toluca, Mexico)
Material: &

* Tuesday 29.3. kl.15:15-16:30CET:

Topic: Political Character of Poetic Voice: Listening Strategies to the Latest Poetry from The Perspective of Sound Studies
Presenter: Katarzyna Ciemiera (PhD, Jagellonian University In Kraków, Poland)

This research reviews the dominance of visual, over audial, perspective in perceiving literature in literary studies. For many literary scholars, it has been a popular view that reading is solely a visual activity. Even if poetry was analysed audially, it mainly concerned spoken poetry, sound, or written poetry exposing its sounding. Literary scholars have overlooked to ask what is listening to literature nowadays and how to listen to the latest poetry.

The point of departure for this research is recognising the fact that the changes in the twenty-first-century audio sphere and the ways of understanding sonic experience have an impact on the composition of the latest poetry. This study explores how you can listen to the latest poetry and how listening affects its reception. It focuses mainly on the latest political poetry, which appears to be symptomatic nowadays. The main goal is to devise strategies to listen to the latest poetry.

To devise these strategies, this study refers to a new approach to sound, represented by sound studies. These studies take a phenomenon of sound and aural experience as their baseline. In comparison to previous studies about sound, they offer to think jointly about sound and culture, problematising sound in its various political and social contexts. Hence, some terms from sound studies, such as voice, listening / hearing, soundscape, acousmatic sound are applied to this research.

In the light of sound studies’ methodology, two strategies of listening to the latest poetry appear to be the most significant. The first one is looking for new sounds in poetry. This strategy suggests that the sounding of the latest poetry can reflect new sounds of today’s world. It assumes that the new sounds of today’s world have changed the sounding of the latest poetry and its composition. The second one is perceiving a poem fully audially – as a voice. This strategy suggests that a poem can reveal itself as voice when it deliberately resists the reader’s semantic appropriation. This means that this poem is exposed as a voice by the accumulation of meanings and poetic figures. Their excess makes it impossible for the brain to process information, which, in turn, makes the act of reading impossible.

These strategies aim to reinterpret the meaning of political character and redefine the meaning of voice’s metaphor in the latest poetry. To date, ‘politics’ and ‘political voice’ have been connected more with the content and the form of a poem than with the aural experience. The aural interpretation claims that it is not solely the political meaning of these texts but the sound that makes them a significant voice in social discourse.

* Tuesday 26.4. kl.15:15-16:30CET:

Topic: Sonic Imagination: Visual Mental Imagery and Nomadism
Presenter: Luca Forcucci (independent sound artist & researcher, Berlin)

Material: Forcucci, L. 2021. Sonic Imagination: Visual Mental Imagery and Nomadism. In: From Within, Chagas, P., and Xiaoci, W., eds.
(Switzerland: Springer).

* Tuesday 10.5. kl.15:15-16:30CET:

Topic: The Gendered Microphone
Presenter: Jo-Anne Velin (film maker & PhD student at the Technische Universität Berlin)
Material: [TBC]