Sounding Out the Space: an International Conference on the Spatiality of Sound

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A collaboration between DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama, the Dublin School of Creative Arts and GradCAM

Keynote Speakers:
Bill Fontana - American sound artist and composer
Brandon LaBelle - artist, writer and theorist

Although substantial research on the spatiality of sound has been carried out within the disciplines of musicology, sound art, and visual art studies, much of this work has remained separate, enclosed within these specialised fields of research. This conference aims to address this imbalance, acknowledging the fluid exchange of ideas between these spheres in actual practice and fostering an interdisciplinary spirit amongst researchers and practitioners. The conference committee thus invites presentations from sound artists,visual artists, composers, academics, and post-graduate researchers which consider the spatiality of sound in all its diverse forms.

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This conference is hosted by DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama, the Dublin School of Creative Arts and GradCAM. It is generously supported by the Society for Musicology in Ireland (SMI), the Contemporary Music Centre (CMC), the Lewis Glucksman Gallery, the Solstice Gallery, the Spatial Music Collective and the Irish Sound Science and Technology Association.

Call for Papers
Although the conference remit is broad, the committee especially encourages contributions which address (but need not be limited by) the following three strands:

Sound and Visual Art
Convergences between Sound and Visual Art/Historical Perspectives/Installation/Modes of Listening/Sound Architectures
Spatial Music
Analytical Accounts/Attempts at Definition and Theorisation/Composer Perspectives/the History of Spatial Music/Listener
Perception/Performance Challenges/Sound Technologies
Geographic and Virtual Spaces
Digital Networks and Communication Technologies/Live Streaming and Web-cast/Interactivity and Participation
The committee particularly invites proposals which are interdisciplinary in nature and that aim to explore the significant exchange of ideas between the fields of sound art, visual art and music. Also welcome are collaborative proposals from academics and practitioners.

Proposals are invited in the following formats:

‒Individual Papers (20 mins duration plus 10 mins discussion)
‒Joint Papers (max 2 speakers, same format as above)
‒Themed Sessions (3 papers totaling 90 mins or 4 papers totaling 120 mins)
‒Panel and Roundtable Discussions (90 mins, max 6 speakers)

Proposals for individual and joint papers must be in the form of an abstract not exceeding 250 words. Proposals for themed sessions, panels and roundtable discussions should not be more than 800 words and should indicate the number and title of each individual paper with its abstract. Abstracts may be submitted in either a Microsoft Word document or via a PDF attachment. All proposals should include name, contact details, institutional affiliation (if any) and a short biographical note of not more than 100 words on each speaker. The conference language is English. Proposals should be submitted to

All proposals will be subject to a double blind review process by the conference’s scientific committee which is comprised of specialists from the disciplines of sound art, visual art and musicology. Applicants will receive notification as to whether their proposal has been accepted by early May 2017.

Date of conference: 2 to 4 November 2017
Location: Dublin School of Creative Arts, DIT Grangegorman Campus
Period2 Nov 20174 Nov 2017
Event typeConference
LocationDublin, IrelandShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational