Workshop 2: Hearing Sciences and the Arts and Humanities
University of Nottingham, January 2022
Led by: Prof David Baguley
Deadline for submission of contribution proposals: early December 2021
This workshop will explore representations of aural diversity in the arts and in the humanities. The discussion will have both breadth (e.g. the wide range of such depictions and descriptions) and depth (e.g. consider both negative and positive aspects of hearing differently, and insights into lived experience). Perspectives from the clinic as well as those from arts and humanities practitioners and academics will be sought, and a fresh and vital dialogue between these two will be encouraged.
University of Nottingham, Thursday January 13, 2022
Led by: Prof David Baguley, Dr Alinka Greasley and Prof Andrew Hugill
This one day workshop will run online between 10am – 4.30pm, with sessions happening on Zoom. All sessions with be captioned and recorded.
10:00-10:30 | Tanvi Solanki (Yonsei University): Listening to difference: the BBC and the British Library’s Listening Project
10:30-11.15 | Introductions / catch up
11.15-11.30 | Coffee Break
11.30- 12.00 | Coreen McGuire (University of Durham): Resistance and Categorisation Construction of Hearing Loss through Telephony in Inter-War Britain
12.00-12.30 | Ed Garland (University of Aberystwyth): How does reading affect the experience of Aural Diversity?
12.30 – 13.00 | General discussion
13.00-14.00 | Lunch Break
14:00-14.30 | Matthew Spring (Bath Spa University): Digital versus Analog. A lifetime of music making using hearing aids.
14.30-15.00 | Ricardo Huisman (Sound image artist): Experience of inclusive tactile sonic sculpture installation: “the bone conductor”
15.00 – 15.15 | Coffee Break
15:15 – 16.30 | Developing funding bids (Spatial Chat)
Please do get in touch if you have any access requirements or further questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
Everybody hears differently! But our world is built on an assumption that everybody has the ears of a healthy 18-year old (BSISO226:2003; Sterne 2012). In fact, our hearing changes all the time. We experience varying amounts of hearing loss as we age (presbyacusis). Millions of people suffer from a range of more severe hearing losses related to conditions, disorders, traumas and shocks. And differences in hearing need not necessarily mean loss. Increased sound sensitivity (hyperacusis), aversion to sounds (misophonia), and tinnitus are experienced by many. The Aural Diversity network seeks to address this complex picture by researching differences in hearing and listening, bringing together scholars and practitioners working across a broad range of disciplines such as music and performance arts, sound studies and soundscape, sound environment design, acoustics and noise studies, transport, and speech.