Symposium: Singing Places (University of Sussex)

University of Sussex, Music department, organized by Richard Elliott and Sally Jane Norman:
“Singing Places”
22nd November 2013 – Recital Room (Falmer House Room 120), University of Sussex

The interweaving of song and place as a resonant cultural identifier offers a richly interdisciplinary research focus. Music, sonic arts, cultural anthropology, and human geography feature amongst disciplines mobilised by this domain, which is also strongly invested by a range of creative practices (music, poetry, architecture, acoustic ecologies, site-specific sound art). From a popular music perspective, we’re interested in songs about, or strongly connected to, specific places (and vice versa), while from a sound studies perspective, we’re thinking about the resonant qualities of particular places, how places can be made to ’sing‘. A combination of popular music, ethnomusicology, folklore/song studies and sound studies will, we hope, all ow for some interesting discussions. This initial symposium, which draws together theorists and practitioners, aims to identify key research questions associated with the theme of ‚Singing Places‘, with a view to launching a longer-term programme of academic and artistic events.


Arrival from 9:00
9:20 – 9:30 Welcome and introduction
9:30 – 10:00 Margaretta Jolly, Singing Feminist Lives: Oral History as Autobiographical Place
10:00 – 10:30 Amy Cunningham, The Voice of the Iron Horse: Mechanical Voices and Nostalgia
10:30 – 11:00 Eugene McCloskey, …over borders…
11:00 – 11:15 Break
11:15 – 11:45 Richard Follett, Soundscapes, Creolized Identities, and the Matrix of Memory
11:45 – 12:00 Richard Elliott: introduction to first plenary session Songs of/and place
12:00 – 12:30 Plenary discussion
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch – Student Union meeting room
13:30 – 14:00 Jean Martin, Echoes of the Past
14:00 – 14:30 Matthew Hodson, Architects of Composition
14:30 – 15:00 Danny Bright, Subterranean Sound Tunnel: singing the ghosts of the melting shop
15:00 – 15:15 Break
15:15 – 15:30 Sally Jane Norman: introduction to second plenary session Ma king places sing
15:30 – 16:00 Plenary discussion
16:00 Final plenary, chaired by Michael Bull

Further details:
The event is free but places are limited. Please register with

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