City Sonic Ecology: Urban Soundscapes of Bern, Ljubljana, and Belgrade

international research project
Basic Info

  • Project Executive on ZRC

    Ana Hofman, PhD
  • Original Title

    City Sonic Ecology: Urban Soundscapes of Bern, Ljubljana, and Belgrade

  • Collaborators

    Ana Hofman, PhD, Mojca Kovačič, PhD, Tanja Petrović, PhD, Martin Pogačar, PhD, Polona Sitar, PhD
  • Duration

    since September 1, 2014 to February 28, 2018
  • Leading Partner

    prof. dr. Britta Sweers, University of Bern, Institute of Musicology

  • Project manager

    prof. dr. Britta Sweers, University of Bern, Institute of Musicology

  • Financial Source

    Swiss National Foundation (SNF), part of the SCOPES programme
  • Partners

    Ivana Medić, Institute of Musicology and Ethnomusicology, Serbian Academy of Sc…, Marija Dumnić, Institute of Musicology and Ethnomusicology, Serbian Academy of …, Srđan Atanasovski, Institute of Musicology and Ethnomusicology, Serbian Academy…, prof. dr. Britta Sweers, University of Bern, Institute of Musicology
Description

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.