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Volume 1, No. 2Soundscapes, Sonic Cultures, and American Studies

Published June 30, 2020

Cover of JAAAS: Journal of the Austrian Association for American Studies, volume 1, number 2

Issue description

What happens when we imagine the sonic worlds of literary texts, when we focus on voice in film, or when we study the sound of social protest? How can we integrate sound studies into our academic practices? How does sound relate to space and place? How can American studies scholars understand the link between sonic and social relations? Music, voices, noise, and silence are constitutive elements of phenomena that we as American studies scholars regularly investigate. However, in contrast to the well-established prominence of visual culture studies, sound features less prominently in our field's research—an oversight this issue of JAAAS seeks to remedy.

Issue guest-edited by Nassim W. Balestrini, Katharina Fackler, and Klaus Rieser