CfA: Soundscapes of South-East Asia (Journal of Sonic Studies)

Journal of Sonic Studies (JSS):
“Soundscapes of South-East Asia”
Deadline: January 6, 2016

South-East Asia is filled with sounds; indeed, some people would say that it is a noisy part of the world. However, is it possible to identify a specific South-East Asian soundscape? And if so, where are the roots to be found, and how did these sounds achieve their current form?

The Journal of Sonic Studies is searching for scholarly and artistic contributions that deal with the relation between South-East Asian history, culture, society, and politics and the production, distribution, and reception of sounds, noises, and silence. The broader aim of this special issue is to establish „sound“ as an analytical category that provides us with challenging perspectives on and a new understanding of South-East Asia. Therefore it does not focus on any particular historical period or research methodology, but seeks to bring scholars and artist-researchers together who share an interest in South-East Asian soundscapes.

Themes for submission may include but are not limited to:

  • The sonic identity of any South-East Asian space
  • Differences between Western and South-East Asian soundscapes
  • South-East Asian (contemporary) sound art
  • The role, position, and function of music in contemporary South-East Asian societies
  • Sonic histories of South-East Asia
  • Listening cultures of South-East Asia
  • Politics of sounds or the sounds of politics in South-East Asia
  • The role of silence in South-East Asian societies and/or discourses
  • The role of sounds in South-East Asian religions
  • Rural „versus“ urban soundscapes


Potential contributors are invited to submit completed essays by January 6, 2016.

For more information, or to submit an essay, please contact noise -at-

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