7. november 2022

Call for Papers: Sound, Language & the Making of Urban Space


August 24th and 25th 2023 the conference Sound, Language and the Making of Urban Space is taking place at the University of Copenhagen.


The conference centers on sound and language as central elements in the production of urban spaces and communities past and present. It originates from studies in urban linguistics and the sonic and sensory turn in cultural history, but is crossdisciplinary in its aim.

The conference is organized by participants in the research-project Sound of the Capital/Sound of Copenhagen (Lyden af Hovedstaden). Read more on keynote-speakers and how to participate in pdf format

The organizers particularly welcome contributions that explore ways in which sonic and linguistic approaches to urban communities, lifestyles and practices can enrich each other.

We also invite paper proposals from scholars of all fields centering on questions such as

  • How have sounds, soundscapes, noise and human utterings been portrayed as part of the urban experience past and present?
  • How have sound, noise and language been used to delineate class, gender, race and other hierarchies in the city?
  • How have the materiality, architecture and structure of the city affected the configuration of soundscapes and sonic experiences?
  • How can we reconsider notions of privacy, social boundaries and community by studying past sonic practices?
  • What are the relevant methodologies and sources for the study of silence, noise and listening practices of urban communities in the past?

Paper proposals of up to 300 words plus short bio of up to 100 words to be sent to Jakob Ingemann Parby at jakobp@kk.dk before January 2nd 2023.

See the Call for Papers in pdf format for more details and further info