CFP: Sound and Affect, Due 8/15/15

Sound and AffectSound and Affect, Co-Edited by Airek Beauchamp and Jennifer Stoever

The re-appropriation of the militaristic chant. The screams and moans of the plague-wracked body. The jubilant liberation of disco. The razor-sharp scream of riot grrrrl punk. Stolen pleasure, public humiliation. Sound affects.

Marginalized bodies produce marginalized sounds to communicate things that escape language. The queer body is the site of sounds that engage pleasure, repression, rage, isolation, always somehow outside of dominant language.

Sound Studies tells us that we should trust our ears as much as our eyes, justifying our trust in sound, and of the resonating body. Affect Theory goes further, saying that all senses play into a body that processes input through levels of response, experience, and anticipation. Affect is the vibrational space that is both bodily memory and anticipation.

So where do sound and affect meet in the queer body? How do the marginalized use sound and the body to express liberation, objectification, joy, and struggle? We would like for you to tell us. We welcome research-based posts and posts examining aural experience through a first-person narrative style; many of our posts mix both. We also welcome ideas for podcasts as well as artistic posts that use the blog format to create an original audio-visual experience.

Please pitch your idea to us in 250 (or less) of your best words by August 15th.

Send inquiries and submissions to Airek Beauchamp at abeauch1@binghamton.edu.  Don’t forget to read our submission guidelines AND search our site for writing on your proposed subject before sending us your stuff. Our handy search dialogue box is just to your right ———————->

Thanks and please spread the word!

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