listening cinematically

25-26 June 2015, Royal Holloway, University of London

25-26 June 2015, Royal Holloway, University of London

A two-day interdisciplinary conference supported by the British Academy and the Royal Holloway Humanities and Arts Research Centre (HARC)

Convenor: Carlo Cenciarelli (Department of Music, Royal Holloway, University of London)


It has long been suggested that films have changed the way we listen, but cinema’s contribution to broader cultures of listening has only recently started to receive serious academic attention. This two-day conference aims to bring together scholars who are working on listener-centred accounts of the cinema and on the relationship between listening practices inside and outside the movie theatre. In particular, it seeks to  engage with the following broad themes:

•    the history of the cinema as a place for listening;

•    the way specific filmic texts and film genres structure listening;

•    listening ‘cinematically’ outside the cinema.

There will be an exciting lineup of presenters from musicology, film and media studies, drama and art history, including: Emilio Audissino, Jeremy Barham, Martin Barker, Julie Brown, Warren Buckland, Jim Buhler, Beth Carroll, Ian Christie, David Code, Nicholas Cook, Annette Davison, Kevin Donnelly, Peter Franklin, Simon Frith, Jonathan Godsall, Guido Heldt, Julie Hubbert, Anahid Kassabian, Jean Ma, Miguel Mera, Martin Parker, John Richardson, Katharina Rost, Gavin Williams and Ben Winters. 


For a full list of papers and participants, click on the PROGRAMME tab.