ReVerb: Echo-Locations of Sound and Space

Mon, May 1, 2023 - Wed, May 3, 2023

The SpokenWeb Research Network is hosting the 2023 SpokenWeb Research Symposium on the theme of "Reverb: Echo-Locations of Sound and Space" at the University of Alberta, in Edmonton, Canada from May 1-3, 2023. As our conference theme, "reverb" invites participants to reflect on how sound is situated, transformed, and territorialized through physical, cultural, historical, and political spaces. The conference features panel presentations, author readings, live performance, sound exhibits, and artist talks. Highlights include keynote presentations by Spy Dénommé-Welch and Gascia Ouzounian; a plenary presentation of “From the Prairies to the Pacific Rim II” by poet-artists Erica Hiroko Isomura, Emily Riddle, and Sacha Ouellet; and Inside the Bag, the launch of the Centre for Literatures in Canada / Centre de littératures au Canada archives, featuring a roundtable discussion with poets, archivists, and curators.

After the Symposium, Members of the SpokenWeb Network are invited to take part in the SpokenWeb Institute from May 4-5, a series of workshops and training activities designed in collaboration with UAlberta's Sound Studies Institute. Click here for the Institute schedule.


From the Airport

To travel from the Edmonton Airport in Leduc to Edmonton downtown, there are two options:

Taxi ($62 flat-rate): Hire a taxi with Co-Op, Airport Taxi Service, or Uber.

Transit ($10): Take Edmonton Transit Route 747 to Century Park LRT station. Then take the LRT to the station closest to your accommodations if on campus or downtown. Whyte Avenue hotels area 25 minute walk from the closest LRT station, and so taxi or Uber is advisable.

Getting Around Edmonton

The University of Alberta is centrally located in the heart of Edmonton. We are walking distance from Whyte Avenue, Strathcona, and Jasper Avenue, and there are many accessible walking paths and bike trails along the River Valley. Check out the Discover YEG map of popular trails, bike routes, and attractions.

The cheapest and easiest way to navigate the city is by transit. The University LRT train station is conveniently located right on campus and operates from about 5:20 am to 1am daily. Tickets are $3.50 or 10 for $27.75. Visit Edmonton ETS for more info.

If you're feeling adventurous, try out an e-scooter or e-bike, which are available to rent via mobile app.

Uber or taxis are also always available.

U Alberta Campus Map

Find your way around campus using U Alberta's campus map, which includes descriptions of and directions to all of our buildings and facilities.

Address: University of Alberta, Humanities Centre, Edmonton, AB, Canada


We have negotiated special rates with the following hotels.

*Note: there is limited space available; you must book before March 30 to receive special rates.

*Make sure to identify the group name as SpokenWeb.


Affordable accommodations in U Alberta's on-campus residence.

Just a 5-minute walk to the Humanities Centre.

Lister Hall

11613 87 Ave NW

*To book call 780-492-6056 or email

Trendy Old Strathcona

Charming historic hotels located in a trendy shopping district.

A 12-minute bus ride to campus (take Bus #4 Capilano or Bus #8 University); use the ETS Trip Planner to check times.

Varscona Hotel on Whyte

8208 106 St, Edmonton

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Mettera Hotel

10454 82 Ave NW

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Edmonton City-Centre

Close to attractions like the Art Gallery of Alberta and Royal Alberta Museum; walking distance or a short cab ride to Co*Lab and The Common, the venues for the SpokenWeb Symposium's Sounding Out! Poetry Night and evening Sound Cabaret.

A 12-minute train ride to campus (take the southbound Century Park train to University Station); use the ETS Trip Planner to check times.

Delta Hotels by Marriott

10222 102 St NW

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Chateau Lacombe Hotel

10111 Bellamy Hill Rd NW

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The Westin

10135 100 St NW

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Explore Edmonton

Arts and Museums

Royal Alberta Museum: Western Canada's largest museum.

Art Gallery of Alberta: contemporary and historical collections; artist Esmaa Mohamoud's exhibit, To Play in the Face of Certain Defeat, is a must see!

Muttart Conservatory: one of Canada's largest indoor botanical collections, noted for its unique glass pyramid greenhouses

TELUS World of Science: highlights include the featured exhibits "Blue Whale: Out of the Depths" and "Arctic Journey"

Outdoor Activities

• Elk Island National Park: UNESCO bio reserve and home to the plains bison, located 35 km east of Edmonton.

• River Valley Trails: network of walking and cycling trails

Dining (on-campus)

• HUB Mall: a number of food options; easily accessed from Humanities Centre via the 2nd floor breezeway

• Remedy Cafe: iconic Edmonton cafe chain, Indian and Pakistani dishes "with a twist," vegan and gluten-free options

• Sugarbowl: popular pub near campus; local craft beers

*See full list of food-services on-campus

Dining (off-campus)

• Rge Rd: rustic-chic, farm-to-table cuisine

• Woodwork: local, Canadian-inspired fare: popular pub near campus, local craft beers, classic pub-fare

• Bar Bricco: classic Italian

• The Marc: French fine dining

• Farrow: sandwiches, coffee, and baked goods

• Cafe Mosaics: vegan/vegetarian eats in a cozy setting

• Continental Treat Fine Bistro: Central European bistro, gluten-free


Monday, May 1

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM MDT

Welcome and Introduction

10:00 AM - 10:15 AM MDT


10:15 AM - 11:45 AM MDT

Session 1a: Sounds Of Protest

10:15 AM - 11:45 AM MDT

Session 1b: Viral Sounds

10:15 AM - 11:45 AM MDT

Session 1c: Voicing: Deep Fakes, Clones, And Virtual Worlds

11:45 AM - 12:30 PM MDT


12:30 PM - 2:00 PM MDT

Session 2a: Radio Waves

12:30 PM - 2:00 PM MDT

Session 2b: Sound, Violence, Film

12:30 PM - 2:00 PM MDT

Session 2c: Sounding Radical

2:00 PM - 2:15 PM MDT


2:15 PM - 3:45 PM MDT

Sound Showcase #1

3:45 PM - 4:00 PM MDT


4:00 PM - 5:30 PM MDT

(Re)Call & Response: Improvisational engagements with Land, Sound and Storytelling

5:30 PM - 5:45 PM MDT


5:45 PM - 7:00 PM MDT

Exhibition Launch and Artist's Talk

Tuesday, May 2

9:00 AM - 10:15 AM MDT

The Rise of the Binaural Listener

10:15 AM - 10:30 AM MDT


10:30 AM - 12:00 PM MDT

Session 7a: Visualizing Sound

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM MDT

Session 7b: Opening Of The Field (Recording)

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM MDT

Session 7c: Sonic Erasures Of The Global Dance

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM MDT

Session 7d: Public Space, Public Sound I

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM MDT


1:00 PM - 2:30 PM MDT

Sound Showcase #2

2:30 PM - 2:45 PM MDT


2:45 PM - 4:15 PM MDT

Session 9a: Emergency Signals: Hearing Energy, Listening For Repair

2:45 PM - 4:15 PM MDT

Session 9b: Reconstructing Historical Sound

2:45 PM - 4:15 PM MDT

Session 9c: The Audible Text

2:45 PM - 4:15 PM MDT

Session 9d: Public Space, Public Sound II

4:15 PM - 4:30 PM MDT


4:30 PM - 6:00 PM MDT

River Valley Walk with Dwayne Donald

4:30 PM - 6:00 PM MDT

Re-verbing Together: Breath, Sound, Silence: An Experiential Session with Stacey Bliss

4:30 PM - 6:00 PM MDT

Sound Studies Tour and Artist's Talk with Rachel Epp Buller

8:00 PM - 10:00 PM MDT

Sounding Out! An Evening of Live Poetry and Sound

Wednesday, May 3

9:00 AM - 10:30 AM MDT

Plenary Panel #1: Inside the Bag: Centre for Literatures in Canada Archives Launch

10:30 AM - 10:45 AM MDT


10:45 AM - 12:15 AM MDT

Session 12a: Sounding Communities

10:45 AM - 12:15 PM MDT

Session 12b: Listening To Archives

10:45 AM - 12:15 AM MDT

Session 12c: Situating Sound: Appeals And Risks Across Radio, Games, And Fiction

12:15 PM - 1:00 PM MDT


1:00 PM - 2:30 PM MDT

Session 13a: Pathways To Sonic Futures

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM MDT

Session 13b: Re-Tracing The Art Of Sound

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM MDT

Session 13c: Non-Human Soundscapes

2:30 PM - 2:45 PM MDT


2:45 PM - 4:15 PM MDT

Plenary Panel #2: From the Prairies to the Pacific Rim II

8:00 PM - 10:00 PM MDT

Cabaret of Sound!

Monday, May 1

  • Welcome from the Organizers and Elder Francis Whiskeyjack (Saddle Lake Cree Nation).

  •  Gabriel Mindel (University of California Santa Cruz), "The Drums of Occupy: Reverberant Noise in the Archive of Digital Debris"
  •  Pablo Herrera Veitia (University of Toronto Scarborough), "Towards an Acoustemology of Afro-Cuban Poetics of Protest"
  •  Andrew Gorin (New York University), "Answers in Progress”: Amiri Baraka’s Mass-Mediated Call-and-Response"
  •  Mickey Vallee (Athabasca U), "Home|Bodies: Noise, Listening and Sound in the COVID-19 Homescape"
  •  Zackary Kiebach (UCLA), "The Earworm’s Viral Poetics"
  •  Kirsten Feldner (McMaster), "Musical Participation in TikTok’s “Wellerman” Trend: Digital Ballad Publics, and Affective Archives of the COVID-19 Pandemic"
  •  Deanna Fong (Concordia U), Jon Saklofske (Arcadia U), "Ghosts from the machine: Parsing an Ethics of the Literary Audio Deepfake"
  •  Alex Borkowski (York U), "Repetitions, Resurrections, Reverberations: The Politics and Possibilities of Vocal Clones"
  •  Hannah McKeating (Texas State U), "Quasimagical Landscapes: Sonic Agency as a Means of World-Building”

  •  Laura Garbes (U Minnesota), "Imagining the White Settler Soundscape: A Colonial History of American and Australian Voice Standards"
  •  Dorothy Santos (U of California Santa Cruz), "Speculating an Ethics for Sonic Futures"
  •  Stacey Copeland (Simon Fraser U), "Radio Hands: The Sonic Poetics of Ham Radio"
  •  María Paula Molano Parrado (Duke U), "Listening Images and Nonhuman Embodiments in Colombian Photography and Film"
  •  Daniel Schwartz ( McGill U), "Absurd Justice: Documentary Sound in Sergei Loznitsa’s The Trial (2018) and Iakov Posel’skii’s 13 Days (1931)"
  •  Clint Burnham (Simon Fraser U), "Top Gun: Maverick in Labrador: Noise, Rigid Designators, and Unmarked Graves"
  •  Lisa Hollenbach (Oklahoma State U), "John Giorno’s “Radio Free Poetry”
  •  James Robertson (U Calgary), "Hitting the Pause Button: A Software-Assisted Close Listening of Performances by Kevin Davies"
  •  Seth Forrest (Coppin State University), “Drone and Sizzle: The Reverberations of Concrete Poetry and Asemic writing”

  • Joseph Chaves (U of Northern Colorado), "Three Cisterns" [performance]
  • Jonny Smith (Independent), "Renderer" [performance]

In this keynote lecture, Spy Dénommé-Welch will draw from and expand on his extensive experience in land-based research and creation to take up the challenges and promises of engaging collaborative sound maps and site-specific composition as a research creation methodology.

For years I’ve engaged in research, study and thought about the human experience of sound(s), and how our daily interactions with them are shaped by space and temporality. Speaking as both an Indigenous (Algonquin-Anishnaabe) interdisciplinary scholar and a working artist, I’ll explore the creative observation of sounds at the intersection of theory, practice, and sonic expression, while considering deeper ethical engagements that open onto other perspectives, stories, rhythms, and meters. I’ll consolidate observations that I have made through research in creative performance, Land-based methods, and research-creation with different Knowledges earned from lived experience and artistic practice. Catherine Magowan, one of my primary artistic collaborators, will join me for a demonstration of collaborative improvisation.

Opening launch of "In-Between Sounds: Affective Spacetimes and Ethical Machines," a sound installation by SpokenWeb Alberta's Artist-in-Residence Rémy Bocquillon, organized in collaboration with the Sound Studies Institute.

In this installation, the question of what lies beneath reverberation and echo will be explored, both in their materiality and in semiotic entanglements. From the original sound source to the reverberated signal, often reduced to a unique and indiscernable flow, it will be asked what lies in-between. What is the liminality of reverberating and echoed sounds? A difference in repetition, a lapse in-between reflections? The time to take and make place also raises questions of the opposition inside/outside of the sonic event, proposed in a combination of live sound processing and synthesis.

In addition to Bocquillon's featured installation, the following Sound Showcase artist's works will be exhibited in Digital Scholarship Centre throughout the conference:

  • Echolocation: A Short Film by Nadia Shihab
  • Anthrobiophonia by Ben Nixon and Lisa Anderson
  • Becoming Mighty Queer: Queer Sound Relations by Andrew Zealley
  • The Way We Hold Our Hands With Nothing in Them by Xiaoxuan Huang
  • Temporal Duets: Reverberations Between the Live and Mediated Voice by Misha Penton and Shannon Holmes

The Exhibition Opening will be followed by a reception, in the Digital Scholarship Centre main lobby.

Tuesday, May 2

In this keynote presentation, Gascia Ouzounian tracks the rise of the binaural listener through a consideration of 19th-century technologies and sciences of spatial hearing.

Over the course of the nineteenth century there emerged a new kind of listening subject: the binaural listener, an auditor who listened through a binaural apparatus and observed sound in three dimensions. The binaural listener was a product of nineteenth-century techno-scientific and sonic cultures, formed at the intersection of an emerging science of spatial hearing, the development of new binaural and stereo technologies, and the experience of hearing technologically mediated sound and music in three dimensions. These developments took place in a wider cultural context whereby “space” was increasingly understood not only as an absolute mathematical or geometrical phenomenon, but also in sensorial terms—as something that could be sensed by the human subject.

I argue that the binaural listener was a descendent of the binocular viewer that, as Jonathan Crary (1990) has argued, emerged around the same time in connection to three-dimensional viewing apparatuses like the stereophone. A science of binaural audition emerged in connection to an existing science of binocular vision, and early theories of auditory space perception were developed in connection to existing theories of visual space perception. I show that this reliance on the ocular and optical resulted in a distinct visual bias in early ideas of auditory space perception, including in ways that would surprise us today, with some scientists arguing that ‘distance was no possible object of hearing’. Nevertheless, by the early twentieth century, it was generally agreed among scientists that humans can hear spatially. This talk explores how and why this happened, taking turns through such phenomena as seemingly magical instruments such as the Enchanted Lyre, endocephalic sounds that seemed to emanate from inside listeners’ heads, and hearing distant theatre performances and opera over telephone wires, in stereo.

  •  Cole Mash (Simon Fraser U), "‘Turn First to the Body’: Towards Rereading the Body, Media, and Context in Contemporary Performance Poetry"
  •  Emily Collins (York U), "See(ns)ing Sound and Resistance in Christine Sun Kim"
  •  Matthew Kilbane (U Notre Dam), "Russell Atkins’s Psychovisual Object-Forms and Non-Dominant Listening"
  •  Teddie Brock (Simon Fraser U), "Listening to the Inaudible: Navigating Networks Through Poetry and Field Recording"
  •  Joseph Chaves (U of Northern Colorado), "Indirect Signals and the Scene of Recording"
  •  Craig Farkash (Concordia U), "A Sense of Rhythm: Rhythm as a Sensori-Historical Listening Practice"
  •  Cecily Devereux (UAlberta), "Sounds Like Patriarchy: Lola Montez and the Hiss"
  •  Katherine McLeod (U Concordia Montreal) and Emily Murphy (UBCO), "Reverberations of Duende in Canadian Poetics"
  •  Scott Inniss (Independent), "Ghost Notes and Decolonial Re-Reverberation in Rachel Zolf’s Janey’s Arcadia"
  •  Rob Shields (U Alberta), "The Social and Political Merits of Inner Voices"
  •  Jessica McDonald (U Saskatchewan), "Listening to Walmart"
  •  Amandine Coquaz (Concordia U), "Listening to Montreal: A Creative Exploration of the City’s Linguistic Common Grounds"

  • Christina Goestl (Independent), "The Universe is Not Only Queerer Than We Suppose, It Is Queerer Than We Can Suppose" [experimental storytelling]
  • Moynan King (Western), "Queer Medz: Togetherness and Reverberational Healing" [public meditation]
  • Clint Burnham (Simon Fraser U), Lillington Road [performance]

  • Panelists: Jessie Beier (Concordia U), Sourayan Mookerjea (U Alberta), Mark Simpson (U Alberta)

The Energy Emergency Repair Kit (E.E.R.K.) is a collaboratively-authored research-creation intervention that explores myriad ecological, cultural, and political resonances of the three concepts named in its title: energy; emergency; repair. The E.E.R.K combines image, text, and sound to riff on the idea of a repair manual—that staple genre of self-help and self-making—while exploring energy emergency and energy emergence in several entangled registers. The panel presentation will introduce the various sonic dimensions and dynamics of the E.E.R.K. so as to explore the import of sound for the reckoning of energy and its emergencies.

  •   Jacqueline Wylde (St. Francis Xavier U), "Listening and Singing: Sonic Reimaginings of the English Metrical Psalms (1548-1660)"
  •   Phillip Kohl (Ludwig Maximilian U of Munich), "The Acoustic Space of Ideology: Engineering Reverberation in the Soviet Union"
  •   Miranda Eastwood (Concordia Montreal U), "Networked, Episode One: Reconstructing Data"
  •  Patrick Feaster and Xiaoshi Wei (SOAS U of London), "The Möllendorff Cylinders: Incunabula of Chinese Literary Audio"
  •  Kristen Smith (York U), "Out-sounding Disappearance: Performances of Erasure Poetry"
  •  Abhipsa Chakraborty (SUNY Buffalo), "Vernacular Acoustics: Speech, Embodiment and the Politics of Listening in Mulk Raj Anand’s Writings"
  •  Angus Tarnawsky (Concordia Montreal), "Walking and Listening on the Lachine Canal"
  •  Stephanie Loveless (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute), “This Street is a Song: Situated Listening in a Contested Site”
  •  Sara DorowSean Luyk, and Scott Smallwood (U Alberta), "Listening to the “Meaning of Work”

Engage with the histories and experiences of the Indigenous peoples of the Edmonton region through a walking tour of the river valley led by Dr. Dwayne Donald (Métis-Cree) of the Faculty of Education. By walking together through the river valley and sharing stories, Dwayne hopes to provoke a place-based ethical imagination guided by kinship teachings.

*Note: Spots for group activities are limited. Sign-up at registration or contact sw23[at]

In this experiential session, sound artist and researcher Stacey Bliss will briefly introduce her work with gong cultures and basic gong philosophy of ‘You are a Gong.’ Then, she will lead the group through breathing and humming exercises, followed by a sonic immersion (gong bath or sound meditation).

*Note: Spots for group activities are limited. Sign-up at registration or contact sw23[at]

A tour of the Sound Studies Institute, culminating in an artist's talk by Rachel Epp Buller and the debut of her new sound exhibit "Reverberations of Winter Walking."

In January 2022, I moved to Edmonton, in the dead of winter, and embarked on a four-month daily walking practice. I walked in the snow and I walked in the River Valley. I walked with those who had walked before me and I walked alongside coyotes and snowshoe hares. Walking became one of my ways of listening in this place.
Come experience Winter Walking, an 8-channel sound piece on display in the Sound Studies Institute. My presentation will address walking as a form of whole-body listening—hearing, sensing, perceiving, attuning—that might reverberate as a relational and reparative practice.

*Note: Spots for group activities are limited. Sign-up at registration or contact sw23[at]

An evening of live poetry and sound at The Common featuring a collaborative performance by Jordan Abel, Conyer Clayton, Manahil Bandukwala, Liam Burke, and Nathanael Larochette. Followed by an open-mic poetry event.

Wednesday, May 3

  • Kristine Smitka (Director, CLC), Nicole Brandsma, and Yaghma Kaby (UAlberta, CLC researchers)
  • Shannon Webb Campbell (author)
  • Sean Luyk (Digital Projects Librarian, UAlberta)
  • Karis Shearer (SpokenWeb’s Pedagogy Task Force, UBC Okanagan)

Inside the Bag is the Centre for Literatures in Canada / Centre de littératures au Canada’s archive of recordings of literary and scholarly readings and lectures from the past 16 years of the Centre’s programming. Co-hosted by the CLC, the launch event at the SpokenWeb symposium in May will highlight the resonances between the Centre's archive of contemporary recordings and SpokenWeb’s archive of historic Canadian literary readings, offering scholars, writers, and the reading public a chance to encounter the archive through the theoretical interests and questions foregrounded by SpokenWeb.

Introduced by Dr. Kristine Smitka, the Acting Director of the CLC in 2023, the launch of this archive will open with a short recorded sound collage featuring a selection of the archive’s many voices, and it will conclude with a conversation about what it means to create archives of this nature for readers and researchers. Shannon Webb Campbell, a mixed settler and Mi’kmaq poet and author of Lunar Tides (2022) and I am a Body of Land (2019), will reflect on the intimacy of recording her own voice as she created one of our “covid edition” podcast readings, a task that, she reports, transformed her engagement with the medium of recording.

  •  Sophia Magliocca (Concordia Montreal), "A Study of the Social Q&A: Listening for 'Camaraderie Tenderness' in Microcollaboration"
  •  Jason Wiens (U Calgary), "Marvin Francis’ Reverberative Poetics"
  •  Anna Navarro (Independent), "Behind Us Was the Sea: Poetic Listening Practice for Filipino Diasporic Archives"
  •  Jasmin Macarios (U Ottawa), "Queer Coding the Audio Archive: Linked Data and the Lesbian Organization of Toronto (LOOT) Oral History Tapes"
  •  Leah Van Dyk (U Calgary), "Alden Nowlan and the Sonic Commonplace Book"
  •  Samuel Adesubokan (U Victoria), "Radio and Tactical Listening in a Yoruba Sound World"
  •  Jentery Sayers (U Victoria), "An Activity Theory of Game Audio for Genre Studies"
  •  Asia Tyson (U Victoria), "Sound and Spatiotemporal Boundaries in Alien: Isolation"

  •  Stacey Bliss (U Alberta), "Sound & Social Systems – Harmony & Dissonance: Themes from a Sonic Ethnography"
  •  Ella Jando-Saul (Concordia Montreal), "Reconstructing Conversations: Pathways to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in the Organization of Literary Events"
  •  Dorothy Santos (UCSC), "Speculating an Ethics for Sonic Futures"
  •  Rémy Bocquillon (Katholische Universität Eichstätt-Ingolstadt), "Making Audible the Inaudible: Sound and Space As Matters of Concern"
  •  Jimmy Eadie (Trinity College Dublin), "Sounding Art, Intermediality and the Aural Pivot"
  •  Jacqueline Shea (Arizona State University), "The Shape of Sound: (Dis)Harmonic Socioecological Systems and Songs"
  •  Ipek Oskay (U Alberta), "Soundscape Encounters with Non-Human: On Soundscape Justice and Critique of Synoecism"
  •  Richard Costa (UAlberta), "The Soundscape Ecology of Francisco López in La Selva"
  •  Jami Reimer (Simon Fraser U), "Speculative Bioacoustics, Interspecies Audibility, and the Posthuman Choir"

In the first recording of “From the Prairies to the Pacific Rim,” poets Emily Riddle, Sacha Ouellet, and Erica H Isomura (along with Rita Wong) came together to trace ancestry, activism, and rivers between Amiskwaciwâskahikan in the Prairies, across the Rocky Mountains, and into the Salish Sea.

In this plenary, the poets build upon previous work to address reverberations of waterways via trade routes, resource extraction, and food sources in urban and rural landscapes. From the effects of pollution on Indigenous nationhood to land and water rights, these artists consider how we might include levity while speaking to dire consequences of colonial systems at play.

  • J. R. Carpenter (Winchester School of Art) and Jules Rawlinson (U of Edinburgh), An Island of Sound [performance]
  • Guillaume Tardif (U Alberta), Waves upon Waves: Compressed Reflections from a Recording Restoration Odyssey [demo + performance]
  • Wayne Defehr (U Alberta), What is the Sound of the North Saskatchewan River? A Settler and Indigenous Collaboration [performance]
  • Klara du Plessis and Jimmy le Blanc (U Concordia Montreal), The Reverberation of Violent Sound: A Screening and Discussion of Light, a Mono-Opera [screening + Q&A]

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Gascia Ouzounian


Gascia Ouzounian is Associate Professor of Music at the University of Oxford, where she directs the European Research Council-funded project Sonorous Cities: Towards a Sonic Urbanism ( Her work is concerned with the philosophies, technologies, and aesthetic ideologies that shape ideas of sound and space, within and across such fields as music, sound art, psychology, sound engineering, and urban design. She is the author of Stereophonica: Sound and Space in Science, Technology, and the Arts (2021) and recent projects include Scoring the City and Acoustic Cities: London and Beirut.

Spy Dénommé-Welch


Spy Dénommé-Welch (Algonquin-Anishnaabe) is an interdisciplinary scholar, educator and artist. His scholarship examines multimodal approaches to Land-based research and creation, qualitative research methodologies, curriculum and assessment, art, and dramaturgy, looking at how these can produce new forms of knowledge production, education, intercultural collaboration, and artistic expression. Notable projects include Sonic Coordinates: Decolonizing through Land-based Music Composition and Repatriating Music, Sound, and Knowledge Through a Series of Miniatures.

From the Prairies to the Pacific Rim II

Plenary Panel

In the first recording of "From the Prairies to the Pacific Rim," poets Emily RiddleSacha Ouellet, and Erica H Isomura traced ancestry, activism, and rivers between Amiskwaciwâskahikan in the Prairies, across the Rocky Mountains, and into the Salish Sea. In this plenary, the poets address the reverberations of waterways via trade routes, resource extraction, and food sources in urban and rural landscapes. From the effects of pollution on Indigenous nationhood to land and water rights, the artists consider how to include levity while speaking to the dire consequences of colonial systems.

Inside The Bag: CLC Archives Launch

Plenary Panel

Inside the Bag is the Centre for Literatures in Canada / Centre de littératures au Canada's archive of recordings of literary and scholarly readings and lectures from the past 16 years of the Centre’s programming. The launch of this collection will open with a sound collage of the archive’s many voices and conclude with a conversation with poets, archivists, and curators about what it means to create archives of this nature for readers and researchers.

Sounding Out !

Poetry & Open Mic

An evening of live poetry and sound at The Common featuring a collaborative performance by Jordan Abel, Conyer Clayton, Manahil Bandukwala, Liam Burke, and Nathanael Larochette. Followed by an open-mic poetry event.

Cabaret of Sound

Live Performance Night

Sound-based performance night at Co*Lab with performances of Waves upon Waves by Guillaume Tardif, An Island of Sound by JR Carpenter and Jules Rawlinson, What is the Sound of the North Saskatchewan River? A Settler and Indigenous Collaboration by Wayne DeFehr, and Light a mono-opera by Klara du Plessis and Jimmie LeBlanc.

Rémy Bocquillon

Sound Artist

Rémy Bocquillon is the SpokenWeb and Sound Studies Institute artist-in-residence. His research interests revolve around epistemic practices bridging the gap between arts, science, and philosophy, which he explores through his own creative work as a sound artist and musician. His latest projects include the publication “Sound Formations. Towards a sociological thinking-with sounds” and the sound installation “Activating Space | Prehending the City”.

In-Between Sounds: Affective Spacetimes and Ethical Machines debuts at the SpokenWeb 2023 Symposium at the Digital Scholarship Centre.

Rachel Epp Buller

Sound Artist

Rachel Epp Buller is a visual artist, art historian, curator, professor, and mother of three. Her current research-creation project explores listening as artistic method in contemporary art. She is a two-time Fulbright Scholar, first as a researcher at the Archiv der Akademie der Künste, Berlin, in 2011, and then as a Canada Research Chair in Arts and Humanities at the University of Alberta in 2022.

Catch Rachel's 8-channel sound piece, Winter Walking, on display in the Sound Studies Institute.


The SpokenWeb 2023 Symposium-Institute is supported in part by funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.