Study Day: ‘Sight and Sound on the Street’

22 September 2009



This study day is part of the Street life and street culture: Between Early Modern Europe and the present network, funded by the AHRC as part of the Beyond Text project. This study day will consider themes to do with the senses of sight and sound as they impinge upon and inform the public space of the street.

When: 17 October 2009

Where: Research Forum, Courtauld Institute, London

The Street life and street culture network has set out to build an international team of scholars with shared research interests in the interdisciplinary study of urban culture; in particular the relationship between the built environment and the social fabric of Early Modern cities. By entering into a dynamic discourse with specialists from non-historical disciplines, we are pursuing the potential for “experiential” studies of street life, in a two-way discussion linking the historic past to the present.

This day will consist of three sessions:

1. Sonic Experiences of the Street


Angus Carlyle (CRISAP - University of the Arts London)

Flora Dennis (University of Sussex)

Joseph Young (Artist, The Neo-Futurist Collective)

2. Sensory Responses and Performance in the Street


Niall Atkinson (Texas Christian University)

Ornette Clennon (Oxford Brookes University)

David Rosenthal (Monash University)

3. Sounds, Gossip and the Street


Alexander Cowan (Northumbria University)

Liz Horodowitz (New Mexico State University)

Terhi Rantanen (LSE)


10:00-10:30  Registration

10:30            Introduction (Georgia Clarke and Fabrizio Nevola)

10:45            Session 1

12:15            Lunch (a sandwich lunch will be provided)

1:15              Session 2

2:45              Coffee and tea

3:15              Session 3

4:45              Conclusion

Numbers are limited. To register please email Georgia Clarke.

Sponsored by: Beyond textAHRCUniversity of BathCourtauld Institute



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