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Keynote & Petrou Lecture, Thursday, March 27, 2014
"Are People Analog?"
Jonathan Sterne (Art History & Communication Studies, McGill University, and Visiting Researcher, Microsoft Research New England Social Media Collective)
One of the foremost scholars in the developing field of sound studies, Sterne is currently Visiting Researcher at Microsoft Resarch New England Social Media Collective and Professor (on leave winter 2014) of Communication Studies in the Department of Art History and Communication Studies at McGill University. He is the author of The Audible Past: Cultural Origins of Sound Reproduction (Duke UP, 2003) and MP3: The Meaning of a Format (Duke UP, 2012), and editor of The Sound Studies Reader (Routledge, 2012).

Keynote, Friday, March 28, 2014
"Sound Effects: Incidental Sound as Text and Performance in the Transition from Silent to Sound Movies in the American Film Industry"
Emily Thompson
(History, Princeton University)
Thompson's books include The Soundscape of Modernity: Architectural Acoustics and the Culture of Listening in America, 1900-1933 (MIT Press, 2004). Her current work focuses on the transformation of technical work during the transition from silent to sound film in the American film industry.

Keynote & Petrou Lecture, Saturday, March 29, 2014
"(The External World) When a Stranger Appears”
Fred Moten (English, University of California, Riverside)
Poet and author of influential studies of black literature and performance including In the Break: The Aesthetics of the Black Radical Tradition (University of Minnesota Press, 2003), which deals with the “complex, sounded relationship between black performance and black radicalism,” Moten's current projects include two critical texts, consent not to be a single being (forthcoming from Duke University Press) and Animechanical Flesh, which extend his study of black art and social life, and a new collection of poems, The Little Edges.

"Early Information Theory and the Cultural Studies of Sound: Introducing High Performance Sound Technologies for Access and Scholarship (HiPSTAS)"
Tanya Clement (School of Information, University of Texas at Austin)
Clement is an Assistant Professor in the School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin. She has a PhD in English Literature and Language and an MFA in fiction. Her primary area of research centers on scholarly information infrastructure as it impacts academic research, research libraries, and the creation of research tools and resources in the digital humanities. She has published in American Literary History, Digital Humanities Quarterly, Digital Studies / Le champ numérique, Jacket2, the Journal of the Text Encoding Initiative, Library Quarterly, Literary and Linguistic Computing, and Texas Studies in Literature and Language. Some of her digital projects include High Performance Sound Technologies for Access and Scholarship (HiPSTAS) and ProseVis, which was awarded “Best Infovis” in the 2012 Digital Humanities Awards as part of the NEH-funded “A Thousand Words: Advanced Visualization for the Humanities” project at the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC).

Workshop, "Visualizing Sound"
Shannon Collis
(Art, University of Maryland)
Collis is a Canadian artist currently residing in Baltimore, MD. A graduate of the Master of Fine Arts program at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Collis is also completing research at Concordia University in Montreal in the area of Digital Media and Computation Arts (Fall 2013). Currently, she is an Assistant Professor of Art at the University of Maryland, where she teaches Digital Foundations and Print Media. Her studio practice focuses on creating installations and interactive environments that explore various ways in which digital technologies can transform our perception of audio and visual stimuli. Her work has been exhibited across North America as well as in Europe, Asia and Australia.

"John Gielgud and Shakespeare's Voice on Film"
Wes Folkerth
(English, McGill University)
Author of The Sound of Shakespeare (Routledge 2002), Folkerth specializes in sound, music and mass media in Shakespeare studies, as well as the critical, social, theatrical, and cinematic history of early modern literature.

"Dunbar's Compensations: On Five Gifts of Song"
Tsitsi Jaji
(English, University of Pennsylvania)
Jaji is author of Africa in Stereo: Modernism, Music, and Pan-African Solidarity (Oxford University Press, 2014). Her research focuses on transnational exchanges in African, African American, and Caribbean literatures and on relationships between music and literature.

"Music as the Path to Universal Language"
Karen Ordahl Kupperman
(History, New York University)
As Silver Professor of History at New York University, Kupperman's scholarship focuses on the Atlantic world in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, particularly contacts and ventures between Europe and America and the ways that participants interpreted each other. Publications include The Early Modern Atlantic World, 2012; The Jamestown Project, 2007; Roanoke: The Abandoned Colony, 1993, 2007; Indians and English: Facing Off in Early America, 2000; and Providence Island, 1630-1641: The Other Puritan Colony, 1993. She has edited Richard Ligon: A True and Exact History of the Island of Barbadoes, 2011; Captain John Smith: A Select Edition of His Writings, 1988, and America in European Consciousness,1995.

"Acoustic Ghostwriting: Rap Aesthetics and Late 20th Century African American Literary Experimentation"
Carter Mathes (English, Rutgers University)
Mathes is an assistant professor of English at Rutgers University.  He has completed a book manuscript entitled, Imagine the Sound: Experimental African American Literature After Civil Rights (Minnesota 2014), that focuses on the relationship between sound and literary innovation during the 1960s and 1970s.  He has also co-edited a volume of essays on Black Arts Movement writer and critic Larry Neal, “Don’t Say Goodbye to the Porkpie Hat”: The Larry Neal Critical Reader (under review).  He is now beginning a study of black radical thought in literature and music as it moves between Jamaica and the United States during the twentieth-century.  He has essays in print or forthcoming on Toni Cade Bambara, Peter Tosh, and James Baldwin. 

"The Ebb of Sound"
Yopie Prins (English and Comparative Literature, University of Michigan), is the author of Victorian Sappho (Princeton 1999) and Ladies’ Greek: Translations of Greek Tragedy (forthcoming from Princeton). She is co-editor of the Lyric Theory Reader (forthcoming from Johns Hopkins).

"Rhetorical Listening: Cultural Logics as Enthymemes"
Krista Ratcliffe
(English, Marquette University)
Ratcliffe has written Anglo-American Feminist Challenges to the Rhetorical Traditions: Virginia Woolf, Mary Daly, and Adrienne Rich (Southern Illinois University Press, 1996) and Rhetorical Listening: Identification, Gender, Whiteness (Southern Illinois UP 2005), which explores the intersection of rhetoric and composition, feminism, and whiteness studies.

"Between Spool and Page: Storage, Memory, and Magnetic Wire in the Mid-Twentieth Century"
Jentery Sayers
(English, University of Victoria)
Sayers has research interests in comparative media studies, digital humanities, Anglo-American modernism, computers, and teaching with technologies. His work has appeared in Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy; Computational Culture: A Journal of Software StudiesThe Information Society; and Collaborative Approaches to the Digital in English Studies; and his current book project is a cultural history of magnetic recording.

"The Siren's Song: The Poetics and Politics of the Auditory Imagination in Ann Petry's Fiction"
Jenny Stoever-Ackermann
(English, SUNY Binghamton)
Director of the Binghamton University Sound Studies Collective, Stoever-Ackerman has published on African American literature and culture, nineteenth- and  twentieth-century American literature, popular music, and sound and audio cultural studies. In 2011, Stoever-Ackerman published "The word and the sound: listening to the sonic colour-line in Frederick Douglass's 1985 Narrative" in SoundEffects An Interdisciplinary Journal of Sound and Sound Experience. She is currently completing a book entitled The Sonic Color-Line: Race and the Cultural Politics of Listening.

“‘Thwick a-Thwack’: Thomas Dekker’s Politics of Noise”
Scott Trudell
(English, University of Maryland)
In his research and teaching, Trudell considers early modern literature, media theory, and music. Trudell is currently writing a book about song, mediation and poiesis from Shakespeare and Sidney to Jonson and Milton and has articles appearing in Shakespeare Quarterly, Studies in Philology and edited collections.