Sounding Crisis


“What do we want? Climate justice. When do we want it? Now!” Battle cries of climate change activists like that can be understood as evidence for the proposition that especially in recent years climate crisis and species extinction have become a sounding crisis. Responsible for this novel energizing sound of the crisis are – despite the long history of the green movement – in particular the climate activist movements Fridays for Future (FFF) with its female spokesperson Greta Thunberg and a majority of female activists, and Extinction Rebellion (XR). They started their protests in European metropolises in and around 2018; over the course of 2019, European climate activism transformed from a local and regional into a global, hybrid off- and online movement with allies and offshoots on every continent.

Two of its most important allies are Indigenous peoples fighting for decades full-throated for their land rights and artists researching via the means of sound political and energetic alternatives to contemporary practices, institutions, rationalities, and sensibilities of western, capitalistic societies, which are of European origin. The lecture series is intended to fuel the discussion about the potential of sound to uncover new analytical and methodological approaches and tools, which are needed to cope with the current climate crisis as the biggest threat to humanity.

The lecture and workshop series comprises three events in March and April 2022, which will be focusing on an artistic, a feminist, and an indigenous approach to the relationship of climate change and sonic agency. The public lectures will take place Thursday evening from 17:00 to 19:00 CET (Copenhagen). The workshops are open to interested MA and Ph.D. students and will take place on Thursday afternoon or Friday morning. To sign up for the workshops please write to ania (dot) mauruschat (at) hum (dot) ku (dot) dk. More details to follow.

The lecture and workshop series “Climate Change & Sonic Agency” serves also as a pre-conference to the 1st Sound Studies Lab Conference “What Sounds Do” (Sept. 13 – 16, 2022).  It has received generous funding from the Center for Modern European Studies (CEMES) of the University of Copenhagen (UCPH).

Header Photo: Climate activist rally at COP26 in Glasgow 2021. Photographer: Danny Lawson.

March 10/11, 2022: 

Climate Crisis & Sonic Agency from a Sound Art Perspective

Åsa Helena Stjerna, Swedish Sound Artist

Guest lecture: Dr. Åsa Helena Stjerna, Sound Artist and Artistic Researcher, Stockholm (S)

Workshop:  Dr. Åsa Helena Stjerna, Prof. Dr. Sanne Krogh Groth, Associate Professor in Musicology and Office Director of the Sound Environment Center, Department of Arts and Cultural Studies, Lund University (S) & Prof. Dr. Holger Schulze, Head of Sound Studies Lab, UCPH.

March 24/25, 2022: 

Climate Crisis & Sonic Agency from a Feminist Perspective

Salomé Voegelin, Sound Artist & Sound Studies Scholar

Guest lecture: Prof. Dr. Salomé Voegelin, Sound Artist and Professor of Sound, London College of Communication, London University of the Arts (UK)

Workshop: Prof. Dr. Salomé Voegelin, Prof. Dr. Solveig Gade, Associate Professor for Theatre and performance studies, Department of Arts and Cultural Studies, UCPH & & Prof. Dr. Holger Schulze, Head of Sound Studies Lab, UCPH.

April 7/8, 2022: 

Climate Crisis & Sonic Agency from an Indigenous Perspective

Dylan Robinson, Indigenous Sound Studies Scholar & Sound Artist

Guest lecture:  Prof. Dr. Dylan Robinson (TBC), Stó:lō scholar and Sound Artist and Associate Professor, Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Arts, Queen’s University,  located on the traditional lands of the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe peoples (CAN)

Workshop: Prof. Dr. Dylan Robinson (TBC), Prof. Dr. Mathias Danbolt, Associate Professor for Art History, Department of Arts and Cultural Studies, UCPH & Prof. Dr. Holger Schulze, Head of Sound Studies Lab, UCPH.

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