The Georgetown German department will host an interdisciplinary workshop on "Auditory Knowledge in the Arts" on September 24-26, 2015. The workshop will explore how artistic practices from the eighteenth century to the early twentieth century were informed by knowledge about the auditory dimension, and to what extent these artistic practices generated new knowledge or modified existing knowledge. It will bring together scholars working in the fields of literary studies, cultural studies, musicology and ethnomusicology, sound studies, and the history of science.
The workshop represents a unique interdisciplinary collaboration with the Berlin-based international research network “Auditory Knowledge in Transition” (Hör-Wissen im Wandel), sponsored by the German Research Council. The conference will open on Thursday, September 24 with a keynote talk by Professor Thomas Levin (Princeton) on "Dramatic Recordings: Personal Gramophonic Inscription as Narrative Device in Fiction Film." Panel speakers will include Patrick Feaster (Indiana University), Joy Calico (Vanderbilt), and Benjamin J. Harbert (GU). The complete program can be found in the brochure here.