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Provisional Conference Programme

We are pleased to announce the provisional programme for the Sonic Circulations 1900-50 conference, taking place at King’s College, London, Strand Campus, on 24 and 25 June 2019 (in association with the Institute of Musical Research, and the Music and Letters Trust).

Sonic Circulations Conference Provisional Programme

All sessions will take place at King’s College, London, Strand Campus, unless otherwise noted.

Monday 24 June
9:30 SESSION 1: The Politics of Song
Harriet Boyd-Bennett (University of Nottingham): Opera, Urban Song and Workers’ Culture in Turn-of-the-Century Turin

Vanessa Paloma Duncan-Elbaz (University of Cambridge): La Voz de mi Madre en la Mía: Recording Moroccan Women’s Sephardi Repertoire in the Interwar Period

John Gabriel (Hong Kong University): Topicality and Reportage in the Discourse of Radio Music Theater in Weimar Republic Germany

11:00-11:30 TEA/COFFEE
11:30 SESSION 2: Genealogies and Reproduction
Delia Casadei (University of California, Berkeley): Sound Reproduction—Sexual Reproduction

Peter Asimov (University of Cambridge): Comparative Philology and the Emergence of Musicology: Interdisciplinary Frictions in Fin-de-Siècle France

Alexander Cowan (Harvard University): The Mismeasure of Music: Eugenics and the Science of Musical Ability

13:00-14:15 LUNCH (provided)
14:15 SESSION 3: Space/Place
Fiona Smyth (Trinity College, Dublin): From Delhi to Hastings in the 1920s: Controversy and Experiment in Architectural Acoustics

Gavin Williams (King’s College, London): Music on Demand and the Strait of Malacca

William Fourie (Royal Holloway, University of London): Music, Mining, and the Desolated Figure of African Modernity

15:45-16:15 TEA/COFFEE
16:15 KEYNOTE: Gascia Ouzounian (University of Oxford): Sound and Music in Three Dimensions: Bell Telephone Laboratories and the Spectacular Demonstration of Stereophony
19:00 DINNER local restaurant, tbc (not included in conference fee)
Tuesday 25 June
9:30 SESSION 4: Subjectivity and Mind
Alexandra Kieffer (Rice University): Nature, Culture, Affect: Music and the Unconscious in Early Twentieth-Century France

Patrick Valiquet (University of Edinburgh): Relaxing the Musical Mind: Ginette Martenot and Scientific Pacifism

Joseph Pfender (New York University): The Bureaucratic Modern

11:00-11:30 TEA/COFFEE
11:30 SESSION 5: War
Melanie Gudesblatt (University of California, Berkeley): Violent Sound: Opera as Trauma in 1919 Manhattan

Heather Wiebe (King’s College, London): War Technology, Affect and Morale in Listen to Britain

Jacob Downs (University of Sheffield): Headphone Technologies and Psychological Warfare at the Advent of the Cold War: from Militarisation to Weaponisation

13:00-14:15 LUNCH (provided)
14:15 SESSION 6: Musical Circuits
Jon Solomon (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign): Prometheus Charged: Electricity, Saint-Saëns, Scriabin, and the Classical (Greco-Roman) Tradition

Giles Masters (King’s College, London): Soviet Sounds, Modern Times?: The Iron Foundry and the ISCM (1930)

Ted Gordon (Columbia University): Music in the Cybernetics Moment: Two Case Studies from the San Francisco Tape Music Center

15:45-16:15 TEA/COFFEE
16:15 KEYNOTE: James Q. Davies (University of California, Berkeley): Bioethical Tech: Albert Schweitzer’s Climate-Proof Piano and the Colonial Trade in Life
17:15 CONFERENCE RESPONSES: Gundula Kreuzer (Yale University) and John Tresch (The Warburg Institute, London)
18:00 END



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