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"Sound in the Era of Mechanical Reproduction"

"Sound in the Era of Mechanical Reproduction"

November 2-3, 2007

Hagley Library, Wilmington, Delaware

For the conference, "Sound in the Era of Mechanical Reproduction,"
the Center for the History of Business, Technology and Society
invites proposals for empirically based historical papers that
analyze sound in commercial, technological, and legal environments
since the late 19th century. The conference will take place November
2-3, 2007 at the Hagley Library in Wilmington, Delaware. Our
principal interest is in papers that explore the integration of sound
with the commercial practices of music, radio, film, and television,
and the commercial engineering of sound in social environments such
as shopping and the workplace. Proposals can consider the legal and
cultural implications of innovations in technology and business
practices, such as the impact on the political economy of sound and
notions of sound and sound-based products as property. We also
encourage papers that explore sources of innovation in sound and
music (especially from communities and/or business enterprises
defined by ethnicity, race, or region), as well as those focusing on
the transnational circulation of sound-related technologies and
business practices.

Proposals should be no more than 500 words and accompanied by a short
cv. Deadline for submissions is March 31, 2007. The program committee
includes David Suisman, Susan Strasser, Philip Scranton and Roger
Horowitz. Travel support is available for those presenting papers at
the conference. To submit a proposal or to obtain more information,
contact Carol Lockman, Hagley Museum and Library, PO Box 3630,
Wilmington DE 19807, 302-658-2400, ext. 243; 302-655-3188 (fax);

Carol Ressler Lockman
Hagley Museum & Library
PO Box 3630
Wilmington DE 19807
Email: clockman@hagley.org
Visit the website at http://www.hagley.org

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