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Convenors: meLê yamomo and Barbara Titus (University of Amsterdam) In partnership with Harry van Biessum (Dutch Institute for Sound and Vision) Dates and Venue 9 September | 10:00-17:00 | Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision, Hilversum 10 September | 10:00-15:00 | Potgieterzaal, University Library, University of Amsterdam

Detail Summary
Start date 9 September 2019
End date 10 September 2019
Time 00:00
Photo Credit: “Bestuursambtenaren in een huis met een grammofoon op tafel, vermoedelijk op Lombok”, From the KITLV Collection

Sonic Entanglements: Sound, Archive, and Acoustic Historiographies in the Asia Pacific

9 September | 10:30-17:30 | Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision, Hilversum

10 September | 10:00-16:00 | VOC Zaal, University of Amsterdam

This workshop gathers together scholars of history, anthropology, ethnomusicology, performance studies, media studies, and psychology working on/in the Asia Pacific sound histories, as well as archivists, programmers, and sound engineers of the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision, the Vienna Phonogram Archive, and the Jaap Kunst Collection. Participants will reflect on the entanglements of currently nation-framed sound historiography and transregional/translocal discourses of acoustic epistemologies from various disciplinary perspectives. 

Acoustic Mobilities 

What paradigmatic shifts transpired with the reconfiguration of new modes of mobilities and communication technology in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries? In rethinking early sound historiographies of the Asia Pacific, how do we account for the social lives of human laborers, socio-cultural actors, and sound objects migrating to different regions, nations, and institutions in the Asia Pacific?

Sonic Knowledge

How did the early sound recordings constitute and construct knowledges and understandings of modernities in the Asia Pacific: i.e. ‘modern’ race epistemologies, notions of modern state (and/or urban) institutions and citizenship, and the emergence of a transnational cultural/media industry? How did the materiality of the early sound technologies mediate sonic discourses of global modernities among communities in the Asia Pacific? How do we take into account the mediality and the aesthetics generated through these media as the very epistemes of the Asia Pacific modernities?

Listening Societies/Communities. 

How did listening constitute the imagined (trans)national and translocal communities in the Asia Pacific? What theoretical tools and methodologies can we employ to better understand these transregional conditions and processes? In working with nation-based sound archives: How do we engage the materials that are stored in archives of the different post-imperial centers and peripheries, and on the other hand, documents catalogued in different languages of the postcolonial societies and previous colonizers? How do we deal with the challenges in the limits of their institutional and ‘ownership’ policies?

Participants:

Bart Barendregt (University of Leiden)

Strings of Sorrow, on remembering the Dutch through Southern Sumatran classical guitar

Barbara Titus (University of Amsterdam)

Inscribing knowledge: Ethnomusicological recordings as texts and practices

Carolyn Birdsall (University of Amsterdam)

Worlding the Archives: Radio Collection, Heritage Frameworks, and Selection Principles

Citra Aryandari (Indonesian Institute of the Arts Yogyakarta )

Performing vs. Recording: The Sound of Modern Bali

Gerda Lechleitner (Phonogram Archive of the Austrian Academy of Sciences)

Stimulating and encouraging performers in front of the phonograph – sound recordings as the acoustic memory of communities: source criticism, historical methods and responsibilities of archives today

Jose Buenconsejo (University of the Philippines)

Sound-Matter of Cultural Memory: the Transmediatization of Cebuano Balitao, Folk Song Alimukoy and Kinhason, and Folk Dance Kuradang

meLê yamomo (University of Amsterdam)

Whose Sonic Technologies?: Decolonizing Sound Knowledge

Sri Margana (Universitas Gadjah Mada)

The Genealogy of Dutch Colonial Knowledge of Javanese Gamelans: A Reappraisal of Post-colonial Approach

Rameses de Jesus (University of the Philippines)

Beyond Psychoacoustics: The Philippine National Anthem as a Sonus

Rasika, Ajotikar (Universität Göttingen)

Sonic epistemologies of caste and the modern sound archive of India

Vincent Kuitenbrouwer (University of Amsterdam)

The glass house revisited: radio broadcasting and the blind spots in the late colonial state in the Netherlands Indies, 1920s and 1930s

Respondents:

  • Henry Spiller (University of California-Davis)
  • Jeroen de Kloet (Univeristy of Amsterdam
  • Leonie Schmidt (University of Amsterdam)
  • Yiu Fai Chow (Hong Kong Baptist University)

Limited seats are available to observers and can be reserved by contacting the organizers at info@sonic-entanglements.com

This workshop is convened by meLê yamomo and Barbara Titus, and co-organized by the “Sonic Entanglements” Research Project, the University of Amsterdam-Musicology Department, the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision, the Amsterdam Centre for Globalisation Studies, and the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis.

This workshop is co-organized by the “Sonic Entanglements” Research Project, the University of Amsterdam-Musicology Department, the Dutch Institute for Sound and Vision, the Amsterdam Centre for Globalisation Studies, and the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis.

Photo Credit: “Bestuursambtenaren in een huis met een grammofoon op tafel, vermoedelijk op Lombok”, From the KITLV Collection