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Other Voices Study Day Event

09:45 - 17:00
20 February 2016
Garden Court University of Southampton SO17 9BJ

For more information regarding this event, please email Sarah Boak at .

Event details

Free event Keynote speakers: Prof. Martha Feldman (University of Chicago) - ‘Voice Gap Crack Break’ Prof. Steven Rings (University of Chicago) - ‘Speech and/in Song’


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.


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



  •  ‘Peter Pears as the Closeted ‘Voice’ of Britten’


Xin Ying Ch'ng (University of Southampton)




  •  ‘The Singing Female-to-Male (FTM) Voice research and programme: Eleven Years On’


Alexandros N. Constansis (University of York)




  • ‘‘This horrible Stave They howl’: John Callcott’s Settings of Supernatural Songs from The Monk’


Roger Hansford (Independent Scholar)




  • 'The Critical Countertenor: Falsettists as Homo Sacer’


Nathan Mercieca (Royal Holloway, University of London)


Registration, lunch and refreshments will be free of charge; places are limited.

Please book a place by contacting Dr Sarah Boak on

(Please notify us of any dietary or access requirements)


Speaker information

Prof. Martha Feldman,University of Chicago, ‘Voice Gap Crack Break’

Prof. Steven Rings ,University of Chicago,‘Speech and/in Song’

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