Rupert Cox

Another new feature. When I meet cool or interesting people, or hear a talk that I find particularly engaging in one way or another, I will make mention of them here with a link to their work. I may or may not be loquacious.

So, first up is Rupert Cox, social anthropologist, who’s been doing interesting work on listening, sound, aircraft and the memory of war in Japan. He’s working on a book for Bloomsbury, but in the meantime, here’s a link to a short snippet of his work (you will need university library access for this one, sorry).

One of the things we talked about was the experience of sound outside the sound sounding in a physical way — remembered or imagined sounds, for instance. This seems especially important in writing about war and trauma, but has also become increasingly important for other areas: not only does this point come up a couple times in Remapping Sound Studies, but it’s important for thinking about sound, impairment and disability, as in Mack Hagood’s discussion of tinnitus.

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