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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Zentrum für Transdisziplinäre Geschlechterstudien



Hosted by
Zentrum für transdisziplinäre Geschlechterstudien (ZtG), Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

in cooperation with

Geschichte und Theorie der visuellen Kultur, Universität der Künste Berlin

Friday, June 8, 2018
Heilig-Geist-Kapelle, Spandauer Str. 1, Berlin


Organised by

Silvy Chakkalakal (silvy.chakkalakal@hu-berlin.de)
Gabriele Jähnert (gabi.jaehnert@gender.hu-berlin.de)
Katrin Köppert (k.koeppert@udk-berlin.de)
Brigitta Kuster (kuster@hu-berlin.de)
L.J. Müller (LJMueller@hu-berlin.de)

Though sound´s marginality in Gender Studies might have been overcome with the scholarly interest in the senses, new media practices like mobile music devices, playlist libraries, cloud storages, geo-tagged local sound maps or auto-tune technologies frequently lack a gender perspective. Here, Gender Studies, whose project is dismantling power hierarchies in knowledge production, provide us with methodologies to deal with irreclaimable or unbearable sounds. Situated knowledge production, speculative thinking, queer readings are only some approaches to hearing the ‘ghosts’ of history and scarcely audible voices. Thus, sound as a research object and research tool needs to be reconsidered beyond practices of classification and measurement. Simultaneously, sound has to be understood as an episteme which creates and works certain gender dimensions within different histories and present times into the foreground. Sound makes us rethink power relations and enables us to undo gender in its complex entanglements with diverse hierarchies.
UN/SOUNDING GENDER inspires to tackle the problem of sonic constellations of (hetero-)normative gender and (de/post-)colonial relations. Furthermore, we would like to discuss the possibility of ‘unlearning’ and ‘unteaching’ hegemonic knowledges within colonial and feminist sound archives. To UN/SOUND GENDER might offer ways in making the power of silence in resistance to neo-colonial enslavement and/or rightwing migration policies audible.
9:45 - 10:45
Gabriele Dietze (Universität Trier)
Rechte Töne. Wenn populistischer Frauenpop die Antwort ist, was war die Frage?
Moderation: Silvy Chakkalakal (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)
10:45 - 11:00
Coffee Break

11:00 - 13:00

Considering In-/Equalities in Pop Sounds
L.J. Müller (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)
Ist das der Klang von Feminismus oder weißen Privilegien? Zu Taylor Swifts neuem Album „Reputation“.
Veronika Muchitsch (Uppsala University)
Vocal Figurations. Considering Bodies, Subjects, and Technologies in Anohni‘s „Drone Bomb Me“
Moderation: Monika Bloß (Berlin)
13:00 - 14:30
Lunch Break
14:30 - 16:30
Archival Tensions between Sound and Voicing
Britta Lange (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)
Das Volk hörbar machen. Tonaufnahmen des Instituts für Lautforschung aus dem Zweiten Weltkrieg
Saskia Köbschall (SAVVY Contemporary, Berlin)
R E D  H A T  B L U E S : On Colonial Conscripts, Music Restitution and Sounds
of De-Contamination
Nathalie Anguezomo Mba Bikoro (artist, Berlin)
„We Built The Kilimanjaro“. Artistic Investigations to an incomplete Archive
Moderation: Brigitta Kuster (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)
16:30 - 17:00
Coffee Break
17:00 - 18:30
Kara Keeling (University of Southern California)
„I Feel Love“: Race, Gender, Technē, and the (Im)Proper Sonic Habitus
Moderation: Katrin Köppert (Universität der Künste Berlin)
Conference languages: German, English