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YARN - Decolonize the Classroom - WILLEMIEN FRONEMAN: 'Sonic Redress'

When:We 03-05-2023 15:00 - 17:00
Where:Room 1312.0025, Harmonie building

Dear colleagues

We are excited to announce our next workshop of the year titled "Sonic Redress". The workshop will be led by Willemien Froneman from the Africa Open Institute at Stellenbosch University. Willemien is visiting Groningen as part of a new strategic partnership between our two universities.
The workshop will take place on the 3 May from 15-17h00 in Harmonie 1312.0025 and online.

In this session, we will discuss the potential of sound studies and sound activism to historicize, disrupt, and reconfigure institutional spaces and patterns of discrimination and inequality. Participants will be introduced to the ‘Sonic Redress’ research programme and social impact initiative driven by the Africa Open Institute at Stellenbosch University.

‘Sonic Redress’ proposes that audible cultures can be as important in perpetuating harmful patterns of social behaviour as cultures of visual representation, and that such cultures are significantly more pervasive and difficult to identify and transform precisely because they pertain to descriptors such as ‘atmosphere’, ‘feeling’, or ‘mood’.

A case study will be presented – the sonic architecture of the Conservatorium building at Stellenbosch University, constructed in 1978 – after which participants will be asked to engage with the five focus areas of the Sonic Redress project – Histories of Institutional Sound; Acoustic Design and Architecture; Rules, Policies and Sonic Regulations;  Hidden Music Cultures and; Language-as-Heard.

Light refreshments will be served.

You can register for the workshop here. The flyer and more information are attached below. Please feel free to share with those you think might be interested.

The YARN Decolonise the Classroom organisers

Bharath Ganesh, Flávio Eiró, Iva Pesa, Léonie de Jonge, Rachel Johnston-White, Rachel Lara van der Merwe & Shyama Vermeesch

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