Listen Up! Gender and Ability, Technology and Sound

May 31 to June 1, 2013 @ the University of Oregon

Concert Reception for Dr. Trehub's talk on Music and Listening!

Diversions in Hornlandia
Join us for musical performances highlighting the relationships between sound and technology!
Friday May 31
Featuring: Michelle Stuart, Sarah Morrow, and Susan Anderson's duo 'Captain GalexC and the PonyBear Express'

Light refreshments will be provided

[limited] Space is still available in the panel lunch and seminar

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Final schedule now available under schedule tab

We are excited to offer a final schedule for the event under the schedule tab above. 

Thank you to our partners who have now made this event possible:

  • University of Oregon Graduate School
  • Office of the Dean of Students, University of Oregon
  • Office of Equity and Inclusion, University of Oregon
  • Institute for Cognitive and Decision Sciences, University of Oregon
  • Center for the Study of Women in Society, University of Oregon
  • Women in Graduate Sciences, University of Oregon
  • Dept. of Psychology, University of Oregon
  • School of Journalism & Communication, University of Oregon

Keynote Speakers Confirmed, Mara Mills and Sandra Trehub

We are happy to announce our two keynote speakers for Listen Up!, Dr. Mara Mills and Dr. Sandra Trehub. 

Dr. Mara Mills
is a historian of science who works at the intersection of disability studies and media studies. Her research and teaching interests include telephone and mobile media studies, science and technology studies, communication history, and disability theory. Her current book project traces the historical associations between deafness and communication engineering in the telephone system. Other projects include: a history of talking books, reading machines, and print disability; and a 
collaborative study of the history and politics of miniaturization in the electronics industry.

Dr. Sandra Trehub is a psychologist studying the development of listening skills  in infants, young children, and adults. Her research interests include perception by children with cochlear implants, infants' perception of melodies and rhythm, language, and crosscultural differences in musical perception. Her most recent work addresses how children with bilateral cochlear implants identify emotion in speech and music. Other projects include melodic memory, behavioral methods for infant research, and speech and song comparison.   

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Call for Papers! 

This interdisciplinary symposium examines the intersections of listening and ability as it relates to issues of gender and technology. Devoted to the dissemination of new unpublished research and exciting interdisciplinary encounters, the symposium will bring together leading scholars from the sciences and humanities as well as community activists to discuss political, cultural, and historical issues at the nexus of listening and ability.  

The symposium will consist of invited keynote lectures, seminars, and papers sessions by leading scholars in the fields of psychology, science and technology studies (STS), and the humanities. Dr. Sandra Trehub and Dr. Mara Mills will present keynote lectures on their work in psychology and ability-technology studies, with follow up discussions planned throughout the conference. Dr. Carol Stabile will chair a panel on the challenges faced by women in the sciences and STS. There will also be a series of paper presentations with respondents from among University of Oregon’s leading faculty in the sciences, social sciences, and humanities.

Soon to be posted are two calls for papers, one for psychology and neuroscience, and one for science and technology studies. We interpret these fields widely, and invite scholars who engage in dialog with these fields – regardless of the discipline with which they self-identify. We welcome research from a broad range of perspectives, including neurobiology, developmental psychology, music therapy, ethnomusicology, linguistics, anthropology, music perception and cognition, language acquisition, cognitive neuroscience.