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Listening In: Sonic Interventions in the Middle East and North Africa

Created: March 31, 2016
Listening In: Sonic Interventions in the Middle East and North Africa
Listening In: Sonic Interventions in the Middle East and North Africa
May 12-13, 2016
At the historic five-year mark of unrest in the Middle East and North Africa region, this interdisciplinary conference tackles the intersections of culture, politics, and society from the unique perspective of performance and sound studies. Given the ongoing crisis in the region, what does it mean to listen in - to events as they unfold, to the sounds of power and violence, to voices whose testimonies are silenced by dominant narratives, and to cultural expressions of conflict and displacement? In which ways does the act of listening produce new forms of public engagement and how do these emerge in relation to divergent social, cultural, technological, and spatial phenomena?

The conference presents fifteen international scholars and artists from across disciplines in a series of panels, discussions, screenings, and a keynote address delivered by Prof. Deborah Kapchan (NYU). Together, we will reflect on listening as a critical practice that emerges through socio-political engagement and that takes shape through a variety of media, cultural expressions, and performances in everyday life. By amplifying the role of sound and aurality in the past five years of violence and displacement in the region, the conference hopes to prompt an urgency of listening across borders leading to better understandings of how we engage with the political processes through which voices emerge or are suppressed.

Please visit the website for full program details or email the Department of Performance Studies for event info and directions.

Listening In is presented by the Department of Performance Studies at Northwestern University and co-sponsored by the Buffett Institute for Global Studies, The Graduate School, MA in Sound Arts and Industries, Center for Global Culture and Communication, Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities, Program in Middle East and North African Studies, Keyman Modern Turkish Studies Program, Crown Family Fund for Middle East Studies, Department of English, Department of Radio-TV-Film, and Screen Cultures Program.
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