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Other Voices Study Day

Published: 20 February 2016
Klaus Nomi

Recent studies have highlighted the ambiguity and liminality of voices, functioning in-between notions of inside and out, language and sound, embodied and disembodied. Understanding the voice as signifying ‘otherness’, this study day aims to explore ‘Other Voices ‘ that sound outside of normative spaces. Attending to these voices brings an alternative focus to voice studies, which have largely been concerned with mainstream vocal productions and practices.

Confirmed keynote speakers:

  • Prof. Martha Feldman (University of Chicago)
  • Prof. Steven Rings (University of Chicago)

We welcome proposals from postgraduate students on any aspect of voice studies that interact with the notion of the Other. Abstracts on falsetto voices are particularly welcome.

Papers will be presented in a “masterclass” format, with short responses from members of the study day panel (Stras, Boak, Rings, Feldman) as well as time for audience questions.

Suggested topics include (but are not limited to)

  • voice and intersectionality
  • falsetto voices
  • voice and embodiment
  • vocal disruption
  • disabled voices
  • trans voices
  • vocal ambiguities
  • queer voices

Papers will be 25-30 minutes long, and abstracts should be 250 words maximum.

Registration, lunch and refreshments will be free of charge; places are limited. Successful presenters can apply for travel bursaries (within the UK only).

Deadline for the receipt of abstracts is Fri 15 January 2015

Please submit abstracts to Sarah Boak at and include your full name, institutional affiliation, email address and any technical requirements for your paper.

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