The project brings together the cities of Bern, Ljubljana and Belgrade and explores the phenomenon of the urban soundscape and its potential and role in shaping the affective economies (Ahmed 2004). Drawing on the connection of acoustic ecology with affect studies (cf. Goodman 2010; Kanngieser 2012), the project interrelates approaches of urban ethnomusicology, soundscape research, and affective theory and investigates the ways people invest their hearing capacities in the various kinds of identity building and politics of belonging. Also taking into consideration architecture, urban planning and space representations, the project focuses on dichotomies in urban soundscapes, such as invisible vs. symbolic, private vs. public, and noise vs. music. The work focuses on three broader themes: 1) Religious city soundscapes 2) Urban soundscapes as places of political participation 3) Individual city soundscapes.
Project manager at ZRC
prof. dr. Britta Sweers, University of Bern, Institute of Musicology • Ivana Medić, Institute of Musicology and Ethnomusicology, Serbian Academy of Sciences, team leader • Srđan Atanasovski, Institute of Musicology and Ethnomusicology, Serbian Academy of Sciences • Marija Dumnić, Institute of Musicology and Ethnomusicology, Serbian Academy of Sciences
SNF (Swiss National Foundation), within SCOPES programme