Call for papers: Hearing Landscape Critically

Call for papers:


Music Faculty, University of Oxford, 18-19 May 2012


EXTENDED DEADLINE: 15 January 2012


???Tell me the landscape in which you live and I will tell you who you
are??? (Jos?? Ortega y Gasset).


Nowhere is the only unattainable elsewhere; people are always already
somewhere. This conference ??? the first of three inter-continental
meetings between 2012 and 2014 ??? is concerned with any and all
???somewheres??? that might be thought of as landscapes.

Whether telescoped from afar or lived up close, landscapes are tense and
contested sites of being, doing and remembering, of disaster and
delight. In them we hear sounds, enact performances, partake in noise,
rush and solitude. Yet these embodied and affective encounters are
always already mediated in complex and conflicting ways; institutional,
inter-personal, and ideological dynamics render landscapes amenable to
the agencies of power, knowledge and desire.

 From vast expanses to private quarters, landscapes articulate multiple
and overlapping scales: global, local, temporal, virtual, universal.
Landscapes, moreover, are rarely static or stable; at the frontier and
the fringe, in the warren and the den we find marginal, interstitial and
oppositional spaces.

Like a landscape, this call for papers cannot help but mark out its
terrain: while acknowledging the contribution of existing work on
landscape, too many studies have been concerned with purely scopic
analyses, leaving multi-sensory experience and the historical
materiality of landscape under-theorised. This conference thus seeks to
expand, even explode our critical frames of reference, and develop
alternative strategies for engaging critically and creatively with the
poetics and politics of landscape.


Papers related to this agenda ??? including but not limited to the topics
listed below ??? are welcome in the formats stipulated at the bottom of
this CFP.

SITES OF POWER – occupation, reservation, institution, restitution,
academy, capital, knowledge, ideology;

QUESTIONS OF STRUCTURE – smooth, striated, complex, chaotic, fixed,
dense, in flux;

PERFORMING LANDSCAPE – theatre, narration, embodiment, language, song,
immersion, everyday;

MOBILITIES – tourism, commuting, returning, tracing, dwelling and/as
wandering, stasis and acceleration;

POLITICAL CONCERNS – subordination, exploitation, destruction, survival;

PHILOSOPHICAL CONCERNS – human, non-human, transcendental, nature,
culture, ontology, epistemology, phenomenology.


Keynote speakers:

Prof. Julian Johnson (RHUL), ???Aural Fantasies: Music, Modernity and the
Imaginary Landscape???;

Prof. David Matless (Nottingham) will speak on landscape and sonic

Other confirmed speakers include: Dr Daniel Grimley (Oxford) and Prof
Stephanus Muller (Stellenbosch).


How to send proposals:

All proposals should be emailed to (size
limit = 5MB) by 15 January 2012. Please include name, affiliation (if
applicable), postal address, email address and AV requirements on a
separate cover sheet.

Individual papers (20 minutes) – abstract of no more than 300 words.

Panel sessions – describe individual papers and overarching theme in no
more than 500 words.

Alternative formats ??? describe your proposal (i.e. performance, round
table, film discussion, or whatever it may be) in no more than 500 words.


NB. Unfortunately, funding for travel will NOT be generally available
for delegates. However, there may be some funds for student travel
bursaries. If you would be interested in this, please indicate so on
your cover sheet.