About this Project
2013 – 2014; 2014 – 2015
The Voice Project was initiated in 2013-14 by an interdisciplinary group of faculty members at the University of Chicago keen to explore how voice has come to serve as the vector of numerous questions – philosophical, theoretical, medial, and material – that have pressed on current-day disciplines in the humanities and social sciences, including performance studies, film and media studies, philosophies of language and the body, phenomenology, gender studies, psychology, literary studies, anthropology, biology, and neuroscience. Over the last 20 years, these questions have formed part of a broader tendency away from textual orientations and metaphysical philosophies toward the material and embodied nature of voice. They have also swept in new media and technologies that have profoundly affected artistic expression, our sense of living in our bodies, and our attempts to measure, fix, and stabilize them. This project aimed to refine a long-term research agenda to develop new engagements with voice that encompass equally theories and practices of voice and put them into productive dialogues.
Image from the poem Singing
depicting a drinking party in the pleasure quarters with courtesan singer, percussionist, and flutist. Source: Gu Zhengyi, Gu Zhongfang Baiyong Tupu [Gu Zhengyi’s Pictorial Catalogue of a Hundred “Odes on Things.”]. ca 1596. Courtesy of Peking University Library.
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A Voice as Something More: An International Conference
November 20-22, 2015
Keynote by renowned film theorist and composer Michel Chion
November 20 at 5:00 p.m.
Film Studies Center, Cobb, Room 307
5811 S. Ellis Avenue
Vowels/ Consonants: The Legend of a “Gendered” (Sexual) Difference Told by Cinema
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