Colloque sur le thème « Music/Sound Through the Lens of Trauma Conference », Utrecht et en ligne, 7-8 juillet 2022.
« This conference seeks to explore the methodological, theoretical and historical questions concerning the intersection between music, sound and trauma. In the 1990s, Cathy Caruth drew attention to the analytical and interpretative potential of Freud’s trauma theories for cultural studies and ever since this angle has flourished. In the last decade, musicologists and sound studies scholars have joined the choir as well, interrogating the intersection between music/sound and trauma both from a historical perspective as well as a present-day one. While Freud’s psycho-analytical theories are still regularly invoked, the field of approaches has widened by taking recourse to more recent theories from psychology and psychiatry, cultural sociology, anthropology, and so on, as well as by historicising the medical notion of trauma – notably, trauma was not conceptualised as a psychological phenomenon until the 1870s. As such, research on the intersection between music/sound and trauma has interacted with various other fields, such as (not exhaustively) sound studies, post-colonial studies, disability studies, gender studies, diaspora studies, the history of medicine. In this conference, we aim to examine the opportunities and responsibilities offered by examining sonic and musical phenomena, practices, and discourses in past and present through the lens of trauma. »
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