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SpokenWeb Symposium 2022

The Sound of Literature in Time: A Graduate Symposium

Date & time
Monday, May 16, 2022 –
Tuesday, May 17, 2022
10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Registration is closed


This event is free




J.W. McConnell Building
1400 De Maisonneuve Blvd. W.

Wheel chair accessible


The SpokenWeb Research Network is excited to host an in-person and virtual graduate student symposium (academic conference) at Concordia University on the theme of “The Sound of Literature in Time.”

Introduction to Theme:  The concepts of sound, time and literature evoke a wide range of research questions when considered in relation to each other. Together, they may suggest questions about how sound has been represented in literary works from different historical periods, how time has structured the way literary works sound (as with poetic metre), how readings and recitations sound literature across a span of time, and how time is sounded in different literary cultures and communities. 

To attend events online, please register for the Zoom meeting (one registration link for all events) or watch live on YouTube.

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For the full program details, click here. All events are hybrid (online and in-person).

Monday, May 16

Sounding Signs - 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm

Chair: Jason Camlot

Aubrey Grant [IP] (Concordia), “Resounding the Hollow: Repetition and Onomatopoeia in Poe’s ‘The Bells’”

Kristen Smith [IP] (York), “Diagrammatic  Codes, Lines, Crosshatchings: Finding Sound in Non-Linguistic Poetry”

Kiera Obbard [IP] (U of Guelph), “Close Reading the Sonic Topology of Instagram Poetry with Poemage”

2:15pm-2:30pm Break

Broadcasting Temporalities - 2:30 - 3:30 pm

Chair: Katherine McLeod

Joseph Shea-Carter [IP] (U of Guelph), “(Re)sounding Text: Time is Away and Sonic Re-Presentations of Literature”

Nick Beauchesne [IP], Ariel Kroon [IP], and Chelsea Miya [IP] (U of Alberta), “‘People Will Laugh at You’: The Shifting Terrain of Pronoun Debates from 1980s Literary Campus Radio to Contemporary News Media”

3:30pm-4:00pm Break 

Sounding Together - 4:00 pm - 5:15pm

Chair: Michelle Levy

Carlos Pittella [IP] (Concordia), “’We’ the People: Collective Lyric Self in 21st-Century Poetry”

Lee Gilboa [V] (Brown), “Sound Together: The Chorus as a Possible Framework for Collectivity”

Kristin Franseen [IP] (Concordia), “Gossip, Musical Meaning, and (Im)possible Queer Pasts in Edward Prime-Stevenson’s Short Fiction”

Tuesday, May 17

Radical Voices - 10:00 am - 11:15 am

Chair: Jason Camlot

Sophia, Magliocca [IP] (Concordia) “Discovering Sexual Agency in Caroline Bergvall’s Goan Atom: Linguistic and Bodily Mutation” 

Shazia Hafiz Ramji [IP] (U of Calgary) and Kyle Kinaschuk [V] (U of Toronto), “Sounding the Wind: Acoustic Kinships in Disappearing Moon Cafe” 

Effy Morris [IP] (Concordia), “Tone As Tonus: (Un)grammaring Ontology With Kamau Brathwaite’s Nation Language”

11:15-11:30 Break

Sonic Memories - 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Chair: Annie Murray

Linara Kolosov [V] (SFU), “Sixty years of Readings in BC: Access to Memory (AtoM) of the largest SFU sound collection”

Sarah Cipes [IP] (UBCO), “Finding Due Balance: Finding Due Balance: Sound Editing as a Feminist Practice in Literary Archives” 

12:30pm-1:30pm Lunch

Improvising Language - 1:30 pm - 2:45 pm

Chair: Michael O’Driscoll

Megan Stein [IP] (Concordia), “Tender Records”

Thade Correa [IP] (Indiana), “Speech is a Mouth”: Notes on the Musical / Experientialist Poetics of Robert Creeley

Donald Shipton [IP] (SFU), “A Night Out of Synch”: Listening and Performance in bpNichol’s “Hour 15”

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