17 July 2020 
Free registration, but mandatory.


Listen, feel and save


Sound experience and acoustic ecology


The modern world is much more sonorous than in the past. After the Industrial Revolution, societies became increasingly noisy. For Erling Kagge, “silence is in the process of extinction” (Silence in the Age of Noise [2016, 49). Perhaps that is why listening is now an increasingly demanding exercise.


The first weeks of confinement for containment of Covid-19 provided everyone with a new sound experience. The suspension of various dimensions of collective life brought to the listening foreground sounds that usually hide under the noise of machines, movements, devices and a routine that does not invite the interiority of the ear. How do we situate after this transformative collective experience? Is there room for a renewed acoustic sensitivity?


To mark the International Listening Day we want to talk about what we have heard. And how we have heard. Therefore, we organise this online meeting that aims to reflect on the challenge of listening, on what sound makes known and on the relevance of preserving our acoustic memories. 


At first, we held a meeting with guests who will talk about sound memories and archive policies. Then, we make room for the participation of other researchers who want to share work on this topic.  




Proposals for communication will be welcomed, in Portuguese and Spanish, which are included in one of the following themes:  


Sound and meaning
(the expressive power of sound languages; the relevance of sound as a source of information and knowledge; the connection between listening and feeling)


Active listening and sound literacy
(the promotion of listening in a predominantly visual culture; the aesthetic appreciation of sound art; creative pedagogical practices as means of acoustic sensitisation)


Memory and archive
(sound memories and identity; sound archiving policies; digital repositories)


Sound ecology
(the valorization of the sound experience as a method of recognition of the transformations of the environment; sound and interaction with spaces; bioacoustics)




Proposals must be submitted on the registration form, by June 26, in the following format:

– Title 
– Abstract of 300 words
– Biographical note of the author(s) (maximum 100 words)  


Notification of acceptance will be communicated by July 6.




The presentation of communications will be done through videoconferencing, and participants can use screen sharing for the use of multimedia resources (Power-Point, video or audio presentations). All participants will be asked to use their cameras during the presentation, which should not exceed 10-12 minutes.




The full texts of the presentations (maximum 3,000 words) can be sent until July 31 for publication in September in an e-book.  




Participants will be issued a certificate of participation in digital format.


The online meeting LISTEN, FEEL, SAVE is an initiative of the AUDIRE project: saving sonic-based memories and the Center for Communication and Society Studies of the University of Minho.