Sensing (with) sound, and composing affective practices

Activity: External talk or presentationInvited talk


In this talk share my practice of working with sound as one technique for sensing and attending to affective practices in my ethnographic fieldwork with urban commoning projects in London and Paris. From collecting samples in the field to cataloguing and composing, I will explore how sound can be a generative way of working with the messiness of ethnographic fieldwork and analysis, and how it is particularly valuable for doing research that is concerned with ethical relationality and radical otherness. I will share the process of composing a soundtrack that echoes a written analysis of affective practices relating to discomfort, urgency and ineffability, showing how composition is a practice that can put things together and retain heterogeneity at the same time.
Period7 Feb 2024
Degree of RecognitionNational


  • sound
  • methods
  • NCRM
  • seminar