The Sonic Ecology of the Tourist City

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We will be co-organizing one of the seminars of the next Anthropocene Campus Lisboa in January 2020. It will be a fantastic opportunity to introduce sound into the debates about tourism and sustainability and how mass tourism impacts on the sonic ecology of the tourist city.

The Anthropocene Campus Lisboa  is organised by the Portuguese research center CIUHCT and is part of the Anthropocene Curriculum initiated by the Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW) and the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (MPIWG), which has generated two Anthropocene Campus in Berlin (2014, 2016) and several satellite events worldwide.

According to its dictionary definition, parallax is «the effect by which the position of an object seems to change when it is looked at from different positions.» The challenges of the Anthropocene demand research actions that cut across disciplinary barriers to create new modes of making and sharing knowledge. But while a transdisciplinary approach is necessary, we should also restrain from aiming at an integrated framework. On the contrary, new actionable insights may spark only from an open, non-hierarchical and even conflictual exchange, in which multiple, and not necessarily compatible, perspectives on reality are at stake. Taking the parallax effect seriously means not to dismiss it as an error or as “apparent” movement. The movement is there, and we must move to follow it.

The Anthropocene Campus Lisboa: Parallax uses the parallax effect to engage with issues of environmental and social transformation and collapses highlighted by the term Anthropocene. To that end, we propose to organize a discussion around two intertwined and complementary but often divorced frameworks: on the one hand, systems of social and technological organization, which determine the actions that are possible within a given historical context; and on the other, perception and narrative, which determine our limits for understanding and imagining. Power and discourse are negotiated, challenged, and perpetuated through both means, defining the conditions for living in contemporaneity.

Like previous editions, the Anthropocene Campus Lisboa: Parallax is an interdisciplinary event in which participants will be working in workshop-like seminars hosted by conveners. We welcome and encourage the attendance of students from higher education institutions, scholars from the sciences and the humanities, artists, and activists.

For more information on the event, including seminar topics and how to apply, please visit their website.

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