As sound scholars, we can sometimes take for granted the existence of a sonic trace to blow open our research. However, if you’re working between sound and Black Studies like Dr. Kristin Moriah, Assistant Professor of English at Queen’s University, contending with sonic absence shapes—and often compels—the work. Kristin’s research examines Black performance and recording, spanning from Black feminist political mobilization against lynching in the United States to African-American performers in Berlin during the fin-de-siècle. We discussed the intrinsic relationship between Black activism and Black soundscapes via music, poetics, and oration, and its importance toward liberation during this pertinent contemporary moment.
Article, Interviews, SPOKENWEBLOG | 19th century, A Voice from the South, African-American literature, archive, Arrested Development, Berlin, Black feminism, Black Lives Matter, Black performance, fin-de-siècle, Ida B. Wells, Kristin Moriah, Mendi + Keith Obadike, Queen's University, Sonic colour line, The Red Record
Situated at the intersection of sound and literature, artist and scholar Dr. Eric Schmaltz exemplifies the flexible thinking proper to such an innovative, interdisciplinary field. Recently, I spoke with Dr. Schmaltz about his upcoming critical work— the radical potential of silence and of body in the formation of a poetics of the ‘unvoice’—and of the sounds, important, informing his recent research activities. Most meaningfully, our conversation speaks to the possibilities inflecting our ever-growing sound studies scape; the connected and vital work of confronting our literary histories.
Article, Interviews, SPOKENWEBLOG | Audiotexts, Avant-Garde, Body, Brandon Labelle, Canada, Eric Schmaltz, Gerry Shikatani, Listening-Sound-Agency-Forum, Literary Histories, NourbeSe Philip, PennSound, performance, Poetics of Unvoice, Silence
Finding spaces and opportunities that enable you to make use of all of your skills and experiences in meaningful ways can be a challenge as you navigate academic studies. As such, it’s always refreshing to speak with someone like Dr. Teresa Connors who has successfully brought together her artistic vision and creative practice and the world of data and research to create magnificent audiovisual installations.
Article, Interviews, SPOKENWEBLOG | audiovisual installation, Canada, ecological performativity, environment, International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation, Listening-Sound-Agency-Forum, Newfoundland, Teresa Connors
I reached out to Junting Huang, a Ph.D candidate at Cornell University, in May. Amidst my own encounters with the shifting soundscapes of the pandemic quarantine, I was excited to hear more about his paper, exploring the soundscapes of political unrest in Taiwan. Our correspondence, over numerous emails and international borders, suggests that despite these often isolating circumstances, good conversation persists.
Article, Interviews, SPOKENWEBLOG | Avant-Garde, China, Junting Huang, Labour Movements, Listening-Sound-Agency-Forum, Noise, Taiwan
SpokenWeb research affiliate Samuel Mercier was interviewed by Radio-Canada about the project and the discovery by the Concordia University team of the Alan Lord collection. He used the opportunity to talk about the project in general and about his field work on the French archives. Gravel le matin is one of the most popular shows […]
Interviews | Alan Lord, radio, Radio-Canada, Samuel Mercier