Voices that Matter? Methods for Historians Attending to the Voices of the Past

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Hoegaerts , J 2021 , ' Voices that Matter? Methods for Historians Attending to the Voices of the Past ' , Historical Reflections , vol. 47 , no. 1 , pp. 113-137 . https://doi.org/10.3167/hrrh.2021.470106

Title: Voices that Matter? Methods for Historians Attending to the Voices of the Past
Author: Hoegaerts, Josephine
Other contributor: University of Helsinki, CALLIOPE: Vocal Articulations of Parliamentary Identity and Empire

Date: 2021-03
Language: eng
Number of pages: 25
Belongs to series: Historical Reflections
ISSN: 0315-7997
DOI: https://doi.org/10.3167/hrrh.2021.470106
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/331924
Abstract: How do we thoroughly historicize the voice, or integrate it into our historical research, and how do we account for the mundane daily practices of voice ... the constant talking, humming, murmuring, whispering, and mumbling that went on offstage, in living rooms, debating clubs, business meetings, and on the streets? Work across the humanities has provided us with approaches to deal with aspects of voices, vocality, and their sounds. This article considers how we can mobilize and adapt such interdisciplinary methods for the study of history. It charts out a practical approach to attend to the history of voices-including unmusical ones-before recording, drawing on insights from the fields of sound studies, musicology, and performativity. It suggests ways to"listen anew"to familiar sources as well as less conventional source material. And it insists on a combination of analytical approaches focusing on vocabulary, bodily practice, and the questionable particularity of sound.
Subject: articulation
cultural history
history of the body
methodology
sound
voice
615 History and Archaeology
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