Whiteness and sound studies

A series of online talks by artists and scholars exploring whiteness, racialisation and coloniality in sonic theory and practice. Co-hosted by the Centre for Experimental Practices at the University of Huddersfield and University of the Arts, Helsinki.

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About the seminar series

The Whiteness and Sound Studies online seminar series hosts artists and scholars who think race in relation to the sonic. Several interventions into sound studies over the last decade have critiqued the global north focus of the canon, the universalising tendencies of sonic materialism, and the lack of scholarship on race and sound. Building on these interventions, this series examines how whiteness and coloniality operate in the reception and theorisation of sound, formulating alternative sonic epistemologies and listening positionalities. While particularly relevant to sound studies, musicology and music performance, this work also speaks to the broader mechanisms by which race and the political are disavowed within many institutional spaces of performing arts practice and pedagogy.

This series is curated by performer, writer and researcher Sophie Fetokaki. Sophie’s work explores the relationship between technique and identity, situated approaches to performance-making, and the decolonisation of performing arts training. Alongside her artistic practice, she is currently a postdoctoral researcher in artist pedagogy at University of the Arts, Helsinki.

The Centre for Experimental Practices (CXP) is an interdisciplinary research centre linking media, performance, contemporary art, and other fields. It investigates the experimental dimensions of practice: the ways in which practices are both structured by and productive of knowledge. CXP will develop new practice research methods incorporating the aesthetic, the embodied, the critical, and the empirical. 

Online event

You are warmly invited to join this series of talks on Teams.

All talks are at 18:00 BST (Britain), 20:00 EET (Finland)


April 9th, 2024

Re-writing sound and re-reading silence in a critically-oriented sonic arts practice by Stephen McEvoy

April 16th, 2024

Skin-tone by Budhaditya Chattopadhyay

April 23rd, 2024

Sound color by Roshanak Kheshti

April 30th, 2024 (cross-disciplinary discussion)

Dancing on violent ground: Balanchine, land, precarity by Arabella Stanger with Ben Spatz and Sophie Fetokaki

May 8th, 2024

Echoes of elsewhere? From archaeoacoustics to sonic cyberfeminisms by Annie Goh

Reading list

Whiteness and Sound Studies reading list 


9.4.2024 at 20:00
16.4.2024 at 20:00
23.4.2024 at 20:00
30.4.2024 at 20:00
8.5.2024 at 20:00
Further information about the online seminar series