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Sonance: An Interdisciplinary Discussion Concerning the Affects of Human Noise on Other Animals

November 2, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm


Please join us for a discussion concerning the environmental affects of human and machine noise. The event is open to anyone with an interest in sound research. Refreshments will be provided.

The session will begin with the screening of Sonance, an 11 minute video about noise pollution, produced at the U of M. Mark Bee (CBS), Peter Marchetto (CFANS), and Peggy Nelson (CLA) will lead off the discussion by sharing information from their respective research projects. Everyone in attendance will then be invited to take part in a lively discussion and interdisciplinary exchange around the question of noise pollution.

The specific direction of the conversation will depend on the interests of the participants, but overarching questions could include: What do we know about the affects of human noise on animals? What are some of the most promising areas for future research? What are the stakes of noise pollution in terms of biodiversity, environmental justice, and/or public health? How might audio research regarding birds, frogs, and whales and other species potentially inform our understanding of the public health impacts of noise? Is noise pollution a serious problem or is the growing concern around noise exaggerated?

A main goal of the event is to explore new possibilities for scholars from different areas of sound research–bioacousticians, audiologists, public health researchers, scholars in the environmental humanities, music researchers, musicians, sound artists, audio engineers, and medical researchers, among others–to work together and share knowledge across disciplinary boundaries.

Learning and Environmental Sciences Building, R-380


November 2, 2017
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm


Institute on the Environment
1954 Buford Ave
St Paul, MN 55108 United States
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