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What Makes Oral Literary History Different? (Post)

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Oral Literary History (OLH) is one of the primary research axes of the SpokenWeb project. This post offers an overview of what we perceive to be unique about OLH as a discipline, with attention to its theoretical underpinnings, ethics, and methods.  The SpokenWeb project began conducting Oral History interviews in 2012, with people who participated […]

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Unmuting Print: A Conversation with Nicole Furlonge (Post)

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The virtual panel “Teaching with Sound / Sound and Pedagogy,” as part of SpokenWeb’s Listening, Sound, Agency Symposium, brought together scholars on May 19, 2021, to exchange ideas involving sound within the educational context. One of them was Nicole Brittingham Furlonge, who took from her book Race Sounds to present the paper, “‘New Ways to […]

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An “Ecology of Practices”: New Materialism and Ecofeminism with Julieanna Preston (Post)

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In a virtual space somewhere between  Wellington, New Zealand and Montreal, Canada, Preston and I her discussed work in close relation to the conditions, collaborations and trajectories that make it so. The sound of breath, Scandinavian külning, ventilators, cuckoo-clocks and the body all emerged as conduits. Preston’s investment in situating her work and self-situating within it—locating her projects within their particular connections, collaborations, memories, histories and skills—was inspiring, especially at a time of such fragmentation and disjuncture. Hearing Preston’s voice through a frozen screen, persisting over visual glitches and lagged response, not only affirmed Preston’s assertion that “sound always pierces the visual” but too, that sound is a vital index to the present: “it’s always the now.”

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Phonographic Imaginaries: A Conversation with Renée Altergott (Post)

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I was very excited to initiate a conversation with Renée Altergott because her research dovetails with my own in numerous ways.  That said, my own research has focused on the history of early sound recording media technologies (and spoken recordings) in Anglo-American contexts, and Renée’s research explores this historical period of the medium in French […]

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Clint Burnham interviews Dylan Robinson (Post)

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The following is an excerpt from an interview that Dylan Robinson gave for a SFU graduate course taught by SpokenWeb team member Clint Burnham. The full transcript will appear in the forthcoming publication Resistant Practices in Communities of Sound, a collection of critical work and interviews edited by Deanna Fong and Cole Mash. Dr. Robinson will also give a plenary lecture for the upcoming Listening, Sound, Agency Symposium taking place from May 18-23, 2021.

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Intimate Papers: An Interview with Julia Polyck-O’Neill (Post)

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What struck me immediately in my chat with Dr. Julia Polyck-O’Neill is her attentiveness to relationality’s many frequencies. Her writing on conceptualism’s legacies and Canadian avant-garde scenes, particularly the Kootenay School of Writing, is necessitated by relations, whether building trust with her research subjects, or investigating the porousness between media and form in artists’ interdisciplinary practices. I was thrilled to learn more about Julia’s current research on digital and feminist interventions into preservation protocols for artists’ archives, which she is pursuing as a postdoctoral project at York University’s Sensorium Centre. She was generous to share some of her emerging revelations on archival intimacies, like being invited to pore over the private collection of poet Lisa Robertson, and oddities (including an archived pizza box!).

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Provocative Listenings: Andrew McEwan on Hannah Weiner’s “selvesothers” (Post)

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I was excited to talk with Andrew McEwan, whose research on Weiner’s performance of Clairvoyant Journal speaks to these very textual and aural qualities of the work. After speaking with Andrew, I returned to Weiner, listening for what he—provocatively, to use his own terms—theorizes as her “selvesothers.” I invite you to do the same and to reflect on how it might shift your reading.

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Mêler les Arts, Sciences et Cultures: À L’écoute des Métamatériaux Acoustiques avec Georges Roussel (Post)

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Cet hiver, Stéphanie et Mathieu ont eu le plaisir de discuter avec le groupe de chercheurs et artistes derrière le projet « Auxauralités ». Voici notre entretien avec Georges qui nous parle plus en détail de son travail collaboratif sur les métamatériaux acoustiques. – –
This winter, Stéphanie and Mathieu had the pleasure of discussing with the group of researchers and artists behind the “Auxauralités” project. We interviewed Georges to talk in greater detail about his collaborative work on acoustic metamaterials.

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Retrospective Resonance on Listen Deep: Poetry, Sound and Multitudinous Remix (Post)

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Two years ago today, Klara du Plessis and Deanna Fong participated in the event Listen Deep: Poetry, Sound and Multitudinous Remix, curated by Margaret Christakos and hosted at the University of Toronto on 8 March 2019. What follows is a brief description of the event’s activities, and then a transcription of a conversation that they had shortly after the event.

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On Literary Machine Listening and Pedagogy: The Praxis Studio with Julie Funk, Faith Ryan, and Jentery Sayers (Post)

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This summer, I reached out to Jentery Sayers with some questions about his research on voice user interfaces. He told me his research had veered in new directions and proposed that we discuss other related projects happening at The University of Victoria, where he teaches, and runs the Praxis Studio for Comparative Media Studies. He suggested I get in touch with Julie Funk and Faith Ryan to learn more about what’s happening at the lab, which I did. Here’s a peek into their innovative work: ‘literary machine listening’ and teaching audio in fiction in the classroom.

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