Thinking Sonic Environments

Thinking Sonic Environments: Soundscapes of Nature, Communities, and Art-works


21.–22. 9. 2022

Prague, prostor39, Řehořova 33/39, Prague 3

Organized by
Institute of Philosophy, Czech Academy of Sciences

The conference is admission free.

The main goal of our conference is to provide a space for transdisciplinary discussions of various approaches to description and exploration of sonic environments. Such discussions have already been started decades ago in the area of acoustic ecology and sound studies and have developed into the vast and rich field of contemporary sonic research. We hope for an open and intellectually rewarding meeting that will allow for analyses of the complex composition and varied phenomenologies of interrelated sonic environments from multiple cooperating disciplinary perspectives. The conference seeks to explore the crossroads of biological, natural, social, cultural, political, and personal layers of our lived sonic environments that we are part of and that we at the same time create in our active shaping of the world.


Day 1 ~ Wednesday, 21. 9.

10.00–11.30Keynote talk
Barry Truax, Simon Fraser University, Canada
Listening, Acoustic Space and Soundscape Composition
11.30–11.50Coffee break
11.50–13.00SECTION 1
Molly Kelly, Emory University
The Anarchy of the Soundscape: A Phenomenological Approach
Reinan Ramos dos Santos, Panthéon-Sorbonne University
Between Literature and Phenomenology in Saramago’s Blindness: On the Possibility of an Acoustic Intersubjectivity
13.00–14.00Lunch break
14.00–15.10SECTION 2
Martin Nitsche (TBA), Institute of Philosophy, Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague
Phenomenological Topology of Sonic Environments
Jiří Zelenka (TBA), Institute of Philosophy, Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague
Sonic Environments and the Phenomenological Dynamic of Passivity and Activity
15.10–15.30Coffee break
15.30–16.40SECTION 3
Jan Lockenbauer, Grenoble Alpes University, University of Wuppertal
Sound, Music, and Speech as Configurations of Lived Space according to Merleau-Ponty
Vojtěch Výravský, Charles University Prague
Forces of Music
19.00Conference dinner

Day 2 ~ Thursday, 22. 9.

9.30–10.40SECTION 4
Kirsten Stromberg, Syracuse University Florence 
La Riva: Along The 𝄐
Marcus Zagorski, Comenius University Bratislava
Planning a SoundMap to Combat Climate Change
10.40–11.00Coffee break
11.00–12.10SECTION 5
Csaba Hajnóczy, Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design Budapest, Central European Network for Sonic Ecologies
Possible roles of sound ecology in the development strategy of Szigetköz region, Hungary
Elia Moretti, Charles University, Faculty of Arts
Situated Sound Ecologies in Eastern Slovakia
12.10–13.10Lunch break
13.10–14.20SECTION 6
Ivan Gutierrez, Institute of Philosophy, Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague
On the Ways Technologically-Mediated Auditory Experience Can Inflect Ethical Inquiry
Vít Pokorný, Institute of Philosophy, Czech Academy of Sciences
Cultural Rhythms – Rhythmanalysis as a Method to Understand Culture
14.20–14.40Coffee break
14.40–15.50SECTION 7
Sławomir Wieczorek, Institute of Musicology, Soundscape Research Studio University of Wrocław, Poland
Field Recordings in the Holocaust Memorial Sites
Renata Tańczuk, The Soundscape Research Studio, Institute of Cultural Studies, University of Wroclaw
The Soundscape of the Second World War Museum in Gdansk as an Apparatus for Remembering
15.50–16.10Coffee break
16.10–17.20SECTION 8
Hannah L. M. Eßler & Jim Igor Kallenberg, MA Transdisciplinary Studies, Zurich University of the Arts, Switzerland;
ARS: art-research-sound, Johannes Gutenberg-University of Mainz, School of Music Mainz, Germany
Siren’s call for Revolution. Sonic Memory and Transformative Experience in the “Symphony of Sirens”
József Iszlai, researcher, music artist Budapest, Hungary
Sonic Assault of Waco, 1993