14–15 November 2015
University of Huddersfield

A two-day conversation space for reflection, aporiae and play
Project leaders: Prof. Liza Lim & Prof. Aaron Cassidy


Prof Monty Adkins (University of Huddersfield, UK)
Dr Mary Bellamy (University of Huddersfield, UK)
Prof Georgina Born (Oxford University, UK)
Dr Seth Brodsky (University of Chicago, USA)
Prof Aaron Cassidy (University of Huddersfield, UK)
Prof Michael Clarke (University of Huddersfield, UK)
Dr Nicolas Donin (IRCAM, France)
Prof Peter Edwards (NUS, Singapore)
Dr Bryn Harrison (University of Huddersfield, UK)
Prof Tim Ingold (University of Aberdeen, UK)
Prof Liza Lim (University of Huddersfield, UK)
Prof Raymond MacDonald (University of Edinburgh, UK)
Dr Chris Mercer (Northwestern University, USA)
Dr Matthew Sergeant (University of Huddersfield, UK)
Prof Philip Thomas (University of Huddersfield, UK)
Prof Pierre Alexandre Tremblay (University of Huddersfield, UK)


We ask the participants to reflect on the key conceptual nodes that are current to their research/ scholarly work/ creative practice in sound. As a trigger for productive conversation, we invite all to bring their impasses and puzzlements in the form of ‘limit questions’ or rhetorical expressions of doubt: what is not? what perhaps cannot be known? at what points is one at a loss? We ask each to generously share a deep recess of intuition, something that has the allure of risk where one can almost taste something that yet remains out of cognitive reach. ‘What don’t you know but want to find out?’ We are offering a nurturing space—a salon philosophique—for our guests to engage in playful conversation with others to explore conditions of possibility for their speculations.


Our event begins with everyone presenting a 5-minute speculation touching on up to 3 ‘nodes’ of contention. These presentations should not require any form of PowerPoint or comprise a literature review. All supporting materials for the ‘speculation’—such as articles, audio & video examples, diagrams, bibliographies and other notes—may be provided beforehand and will be uploaded to this website for others to view.

The ‘nodes’ or terms are printed onto cards and are the basis for a ‘6 degrees of separation’ game to create a cartography of commonalities (or perhaps blockages), new trajectories and unusual constellations that might provoke unexpected insights.

Out of this work/play of the larger conversations, people should self-organise into whatever grouping is necessary for furthering their discussion. Equipment is available for showing/playing work in all rooms. These groups will be able to schedule their rendezvous within the various available lounge spaces on the second day of the meeting. It may be that some have a series of conversations during this time with different groups whilst others stay in one formation for the duration.

We hope that other kinds of outcomes and planning for new collaborations can emerge, which might take the form of joint publications, creative projects, conferences, workshops or networking events—please bring ideas for how this might be manifested in your field of work and potentially supported via your institutional affiliations/funding structures and other opportunities.

Speculations in Sound 1 Documentary, Angela Guyton

Photos & video documentary: Angela Guyton