Symposium Introduction


Margaret Laurena Kemp
Antonio Ocampo-Guzman
Joshua St. Pierre
Devonya Harris
Jack Leff  




Utilising the framework of feminist philosophy, authors Ann J. Cahill and Christine Hamel approach the phenomenon of voice as a lived, sonorous and embodied experience marked by the social structures that surround it, including systemic forms of injustice such as ableism, sexism, racism, and classism. By developing novel theoretical constructs such as “intervocality” and “respiratory responsibility,” Cahill and Hamel cut through the static between theory and praxis and put forward exciting theories on how human vocal sound can perpetuate — and challenge — persistent inequalities.

Sounding Bodies
 presents a powerful model of how the seemingly disparate disciplines of philosophy and voice/speech training can, in conversation with each other, generate illuminating insights about our vocal lives and identities.

Reviews and Endorsements 

“In compelling and intricately argued ways, the authors make a resounding case for understanding how vocal sonority is intrinsic to self-identity and self-reception. Inter-vocal sonority is shown to be crucial for social and political justice and a vital element in the repair of ravaged cultural landscapes. Required reading.” ―Jane Boston, Principal Lecturer, Voice Studies, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, UK

“This book is the first to bring the vibrant transdisciplinarity of sound studies together with contemporary philosophy. A marvelously materialist philosophy of voice, the book lays out a philosophy of voicing, breathing, and listening; it equips the reader with timely new concepts, including intervocality, unjust soundscapes, and the sonorous sonic voice itself.” ―Professor Ada Jaarsma, Mount Royal University, Canada

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