WHAT SOUNDS DO: New Directions in an Anthropology of Sound

Sounds are ever present: They continue to envelop and move through you and me in every single moment. But what agencies drive those sounds, what sort of personae are performed, in historical periods as well as today or in the near future? What social relations occur as a result of sound? And how might our embodied experiences and sensibilities create new bodies of knowledge?

To which forms of experiences with our bodies, with objects, within social relations and with peculiar situations and sensibilities might this lead? Which sonic fictions escort us and how do we listen with our sonic corpus?

In this four-day conference, researchers from the Sound Studies Lab at UCPH and international scholars such as Andrey Smirnov, Jordan Lacey, and artists like Niels Lynne Løkkegaard invite you to explore these questions of an anthropology of sound.

The conference includes keynote lectures by Salomé Voegelin and Dylan Robinson, research workshops by Jenny Gräf Sheppard, Ania Mauruschat, and Giada Dalla Bontà, sound works and performances as well as roundtable discussions that contribute to the work on an Encyclopedia of Sound Studies, currently conceived by Michael Bull, Holger Schulze, and Jennifer Stoever.

Join us, the Sound Studies Lab, into these sonic experiments of sensing and thinking.


You can register for the conference later in June 2022.


Full programme will be posted over the summer

  • Keynotes by Salomé Voegelin and Dylan Robinson
  • Workshops by Jenny Gräf Sheppard, Ania Mauruschat, Giada Dalla Bontà
  • Talks and roundtables with Sam Auinger, Michel Bull, Søren Kjærgaard, Sanne Krogh Groth, Jordan Lacey, Holger Schulze, Andrey Smirnov, Jennifer Stoever, Kristin Moriah,
  • Performances by Niels Lyhne Løkkegaard, Jenny Gräf Sheppard, Sam Auinger