Masterclass: “Sound Knowledge: Exploring the Dramaturgies, Philosophies and Politics of Listening”

February 13-15, 2020: Studio Naxos / Goethe University Frankfurt

How can we think listening dramaturgically, philosophically and politically? In this year’s masterclass we want to explore this question in order to account for the rising importance of aural cultures in and beyond the contemporary theatrical stage. A focus on the aural has been noteworthy in much new research in the humanities and social sciences of the last 15 years, with Sound Studies as an interdisciplinary field at the center of these investigations. Meanwhile innovative performance formats (such as headphone theatres, sound walks and immersive performances) have engaged with sound and listening, often in response to the expanding possibilities of digital media. On a conceptual level, the radical relationality of listening gives an opportunity to interrogate visual paradigms, to understand perception as a multimodal process, and to investigate attention economies as well as the constitutive role of the auditory in the making of the public sphere. 

The masterclass concludes one of Prof. Enrico Pitozzi’s seminars, which he is offering in the Winter Semester as part of his stay as the Friedrich Hölderlin Guest Professor in Comparative Dramaturgy; independent contributions and attendance are also welcome. The masterclass allows students to present their own research results and offer them up for discussion. In addition, talks and roundtables with guest artists and researchers will complement the student-led panels.

You can find the Call for Contributions for the masterclass here.