The International Centre for Music Studies at Newcastle University (ICMuS) is hosting the second biennial Vicarious Vocalities/Simulated Songs virtual conference in collaboration with the Centre for Interdisciplinary Voice Studies, now celebrating its tenth year.
This online conference will take place on the 6th and 7th of September 2022, UTC time. Attendance is free.
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The theme of this year’s conference is “Voices in and out of Place: Misplaced, Displaced, Replaced and Interlaced Voices”, and brings together an international cohort of scholars and artists to consider the various ways and means by which the voice travels within and without the boundaries of human bodies, societies, geographies, temporalities, and technologies.
We talk of finding one’s voice, losing one’s voice; of voices usurped, silenced, or extinct. As listeners, we inhabit songs and other vocalities and form relationships with voice–‘moving in’ with them, living with them, ageing with them, perhaps leaving them. Such concerns have been amplified, as it were, by the growth of mechanical and digital reproduction and its attendant ability to carry voices out of place and out of time, yet our fascination with vocal relocations has a long and multi-cultural history.
The conference will feature a keynote presentation on Day 1 by Professor Naomi André (Department of Afroamerican and African Studies, University of Michigan) and a closing response on Day 2 by Professor Katherine Meizel (College of Musical Arts, Bowling Green State University).
The program and further information can be found at the conference website: https://blogs.ncl.ac.uk/vicariousvocalities2022/