The World Forum for Acoustic Ecology is excited to announce Listening Pasts - Listening Futures, its first hybrid virtual and in-person international conference since 2011, to be held in March 2023.
The 2023 conference coincides with the 30th anniversary of the WFAE, founded in 1993, during 'Tuning of the World: The First International Conference on Acoustic Ecology' at the Banff Centre for the Arts.
Lodging Partner: Hampton Inn, New Smyrna Beach, Florida USA
Lodging Partner: Best Western, New Smyrna Beach, Florida USA
18 July, 2022 - call for proposals opens
Midnight October 1, 2022 - call for proposals closes
November 1, 2022 - accepted proposals notified
Thursday 23 to Sunday 26 March, 2023 - WFAE Conference Dates (Check in begins noon on Wednesday, 22 March)
Saturday, 18 March through Wednesday, 22 March: Pre-conference Community Engagement Programs hosted at various local venues including Stetson University, Canaveral National Seashore, Atlantic Center for the Arts, and Florida State Parks.
Listening Pasts - Listening Futures convenes a global cohort as we mark the 30th anniversary of the founding of the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology (WFAE), and the first international conference on acoustic ecology in the United States of America. Now, as we mark this moment, we gather to consider how we can collectively and differently learn from the past, to imagine new futures based on a diversity of listening practices and acoustic relationships in our worlds. As the wider field of sound studies has matured, so have the contributions made by acoustic ecology to much current sonic scholarship and practice. At the same time, critical directions in sound studies have addressed the legacies of the World Soundscape Project and acoustic ecology directly: this is our chance, as a community, to reflect, look back, and re-imagine the core values of our field, its central approaches, methods, and key theorists of past, present, and future. We know acoustic ecology and soundscape studies have much still to give to the world at a pivotal environmental awakening.
Among the appeals of ACA are its support of soundscape studies with the Soundscape Field Station artist residency and related programming, especially our shared mission and values of community engagement. These values reflect the topics in which we invite proposals including paper presentations, workshops, performances, and installations.
Located near the Canaveral National Seashore, in the unceded lands of the Seminole people, Atlantic Center for the Arts offers access to the beauty of this wild coastal habitat. Mangroves, manatees, and Spanish moss are here in one of the region’s last remaining areas protected from development.