Published by Routledge, edited by Michael Bull and David Howes, and featuring contributions of several researchers, the new special issue of The Senses & Society journal explores the notion of anthropology of sound from diverse perspectives.
“This special issue of The Senses & Society presents six different takes on an anthropology of sound by Christoph Wulf, Carla Maier, Veit Erlmann, Ulrike Sowodniok, Jacqueline Waldock, and my humble self. All six contributions engage in a renewed discourse about an anthropology of the senses that should never be considered to be static and unchangeable. As sensory experiences as well as confrontations with audio media transformed and educated its recipients and producers so drastically, it would be almost ridiculous if not dangerous to assume sensory experientiality in general would still be the same as in the notoriously referred Neanderthals. After an assumed End of Man (Western, White, Middle-Class, Academic Males I feel urged to add) and in times of intensely globalized, mediatized, commodified and heavily networked societies this fundamental reflection seems fascinating again: What varieties, what forms of excess, transgression and invention, what potential is there, in this creature one might be tempted to call now rather a Humanoid Alien?”
There is free access to all the articles. You can read them at the official site.