Call for papers: “Topos”, issue 2017

Call for papers: “Topos”, issue 2017

European Humanities University (EHU) Center for Philosophical Anthropology journal for philosophy and cultural studies “Topos” announces a call for papers for a 2017 issue. Topic of the Issue: P.S. Soundscapes

The theme of the volume is to explore philosophical, social and cultural questions related to sound, listening and music, with special reference to the soundscapes of Eastern Europe and the former USSR.

NB! Deadline for Articles and Reviews: May 1, 2017. Instructions for authors can be found on the website of the journal: http://topos.ehu.lt/en/journal/info-for-authors/

Abstracts and articles should be send to: journal.topos @ ehu.lt

The volume understands P.S. Soundscapes in two important ways.

Firstly, in the shadow of the visual turn, sound has often remained the poor cousin of visual and cultural studies. Yet, since the mid-20th century, sound has been a key element both of the rise and transformations of popular culture, and of experiments at the limits of art, thinking, music and the relations between people and their environment.

John Cage’s famous silent piano piece “4:33” constitutes a provocation to thinking about how what we hear connects the individuals to that which is around them, and about a permeable border between music, listening and the environment in which sounds occur.

The first sense of P.S. in the title “P.S. Soundscapes” is therefore to assert that reflecting on sound can be an important postscript to the primacy of vision. We call for articles demonstrating how research on sound and listening can enrich and transform our understanding of a range of aspects of individual and collective life.

The second understanding of P.S. refers to the concept that we developed in a publication on urban studies, P.S. Landscapes: Optics of Urban Studies (Vilnius: EHU Publishing, 2008). In that volume, the term “P.S.” was used as a way of gesturing to the “post-socialist” region, while also suggesting that this term has serious flaws and limitations.

In other words, what we seek to explore in the sense of P.S. Soundscapes is how thinking about sound is inflected as it emerges in the former socialist countries of Eastern Europe and the ex-Soviet Union.

The volume aims to do this in two ways. Firstly, by presenting issues with relation to sound that are being worked on by researchers in the region. And, secondly, by presenting an overview of the particular questions or characteristics of soundscapes as they emerge in relation to this region, and the towns, villages, landscapes, architecture, music industries, mediascapes, technological and performance paradigms, communities and scenes to be found here.

The purpose of the volume is twofold.

Firstly, to assert the place of sound as an important node in the contemporary humanities, and to present key issues thus emerging.

Secondly, to explore issues of sound as they emerge in the P.S. region.

Themes of the volume:

  • sound studies;
  • sociology of music;
  • sound/listening and philosophy;
  • sound and vision; sound and media studies;
  • the relations between sound, listening and music;
  • sounds and spaces (music and place identity; local or regional soundscapes; music and community; festivals);
  • cities and sounds;
  • event studies;
  • localised music industries (music and work);
  • sounds and technology;
  • sounds and psychology/cognition;
  • sound design/architecture (atmospheres);
  • popular music;
  • ethnomusicology and post-colonialism.

Editors: EHU Department of Media Assoc. Prof. Benjamin Cope (benjamin.cope @ ehu.lt) and lecturer Pavel Niakhayeu (pavel.niakhayeu @ ehu.lt). In case of questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Co-financed by:European Commission