A two-horn aircraft acoustic location system at Bolling Field, USA, 1921.

The past fifteen years have been particularly stimulating for humanities scholars interested in sound. With the publication of several edited volumes, the field of sound studies has built substantial academic momentum. Contributions to the field have shown special interest in the materiality of sound (re)production, opening lines of inquiry at the intersections of space, technology, and auditory practices. Scholars have questioned the premise that music and speech are the only relevant sounds for studying social phenomena. For instance, they have examined how notions of “noise” can help us understand social values, anxieties, and predispositions (Attali 1986). They also have questioned vison-centric accounts (Erlmann 2010) and sensory determinisms (Sterne 2003).

The Sound Studies Working Group is an interdisciplinary collective formed in 2018 by Texas A&M faculty and students interested in sound, listening, and acoustics. Every semester the working group brings guest speakers from within and outside of Texas A&M to exchange ideas and present innovative research projects. Topics of interest include noise, music, auditory display, communication, science & technology, politics, urbanization, and law.

To learn more about the working group, email Dr. Leonardo Cardoso.