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A Voice as Something More: An International Conference
Friday, November 20 - Sunday, November 22

The international conference A Voice as Something More acted as a staging ground for a rethinking of voice studies in the year 2015. Papers dealt with recorded sound, Jamaican popular singing, ventriloquized voice, screaming, ownership and essentializing of voice, singing versus speaking, Chinese voice theory, vocal mimicry, poetic voice, opera, voice in Japanese kabuki, and cinematic voice, among other approaches.

Keynote Adress: Michel Chion: Vowels/ Consonants: The Legend of a “Gendered” (Sexual) Difference Told by Cinema 


The Franke Forum Presents: Steven Rings on "'Don't Think Twice, It's All Right': A Genealogy"
February 4, 2015

In this talk, Professor Rings traced the influences that shaped Bob Dylan's 1962 song "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right." In addition to demonstrating the song's remarkable synthesis of these earlier sources–ranging from The Five Satins to Woody Guthrie–Professor Rings surveyed some of the song's post-1962 history, as it morphs via countless covers and Dylan's own highly varied live renditions.

Spring Symposium
May 2, 2014
The workshop broadened the faculty group's dialogue and engagements with 'voice' by collaborating with theorists and practitioners working on the voice in other parts of the country.

Graduate Conference on "Voice: Subjective, Material, Abstract"
March 13, 2014
Martha Feldman and Steve Rings presented on "Inside Out: The Voice Interior of Jeff Buckley" at a conference co-sponsored by the Departments of Music and Germanic Studies at University of Chicago. 

Venice Baroque Orchestra with Philippe Jaroussky
February 28, 2014

Mandel Hall
A program of music for castrati by Handel and Porpora  was held with counter-tenor Phillipe Jaroussky. A pre-concert lecture was given by UChicago Professor Martha Feldman.

Hearing the Voice
February 18, 2014

Harper Memorial Library Room 140
The Self and Subjectivity Workshop hosted Angela Woods, an interdisciplinary scholar of medical humanities from Durham University. Her project, Hearing the Voice, is an ambitious interdisciplinary study of voice-hearing, or auditory verbal hallucinations.

How to Hear an Unheard Voice: Explorations in Improbable Listening
October 19, 2013
Humanities Day presentation by Martha Feldman

In the absence of sound, interior listening mediated by imagination, intellect, memory, wonder, desire, and virtually involuntary physical impulses, helps us imagine voices we cannot hear. This talk discussed how these can be deployed in conjunction with hard acoustic and anecdotal evidence in an effort to recover something of the lost voices of castrated male singers, who from the sixteenth through nineteenth centuries laid the foundations of Western art singing. Read More >>

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