Two New Bloomsbury Handbooks: Sound Art and Anthropology of Sound

Bloomsbury Academic is about to release two new handbooks, one this month, the other in September. Both are now available for pre-order.

The Bloomsbury Handbook of Sound Art

Edited by Sanne Krogh Groth and Holger Schulze, 592 pages, available 02-20-2020

The Bloomsbury Handbook of Sound Art explores and delineates what Sound Art is in the 21st century. Sound artworks today embody the contemporary and transcultural trends towards the post-apocalyptic, a wide sensorial spectrum of sonic imaginaries as well as the decolonization and deinstitutionalization around the making of sound.

Within the areas of musicology, art history, and, later, sound studies, Sound Art has evolved at least since the 1980s into a turbulant field of academic critique and aesthetic analysis. Summoning artists, researchers, curators, and critics, this volume takes note of and reflects the most recent shifts and drifts in Sound Art–rooted in sonic histories and implying future trajectories.

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The Bloomsbury Handbook of the Anthropology of Sound

Edited by Holger Schulze, 576 pages, available 09-03-2020

The Bloomsbury Handbook of the Anthropology of Sound provides a comprehensive and fully up-to-date overview of the key themes and debates relating to the academic study of sound within an anthropological context. What are the common characteristics as well as the inconsistencies of living with and around sound in our everyday lives? This fundamental question drives research in this broad and interdisciplinary area of sound studies. The handbook is structured into six sections: sonic artifacts; sounds and the body; habitat and sound; sonic desires; sounds and machines; and sensologies. Every section contains chapters that explore exemplary research objects and puts them in the context of methodological approach and research practice.

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