The Politics of Sound

Conveners: Ivan Ramos, Sarah Townsend, Olivia Gagnon

This Teach-In will offer an introduction to the growing field of sound studies and (it is hoped) serve as a forum for generating ideas about its potential intersections with performances studies. One way we might approach these topics is via a reflection on what a focus on sound can contribute to the central theme of this year’s Encuentro. Given that the word “manifest” has its etymological roots in a Latin word meaning (to make) “evident” or “visible,” is it possible to imagine a “sonic manifesto”? How might this require us to rethink ideas about the intersections of performance and politics? 

Biographies

Iván A. Ramos is a doctoral candidate in Performance Studies at UC Berkeley. His dissertation, "Sonic Negations: Sound, Affect, and Unbelonging Between Mexico and the United States," explores the use of sound across a range of cultural practices, including contemporary art, electronic music, punk, and fandom.

Sarah J. Townsend is Assistant Professor, Pennsylvania State University, University Park. Co-editor (w/Diana Taylor) of Stages of Conflict: A Critical Anthology of Latin American Theater and Performance. Currently finishing a book manuscript titled The Unfinished Art of Theater: Avant-garde Intellectuals and Uneven Development in Mexico and Brazil.

Olivia Gagnon is a PhD candidate in the department of Performance Studies at Tisch School of the Arts, NYU. She holds an MA in Performance Studies (NYU) with a focus on sound and curatorial practice, as well as a BA in English Literature and Theatre from the University of Toronto.

Additional Info

  • Encuentro Location (Montréal): Concordia University, John Molson School of Business
  • Date: June 23, 2014
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