Thinking Through Sonorities in Histories of Schooling – Schulgeschichte als Rekonstruktion von Klangbildern

Goodman, Joyce (2017) Thinking Through Sonorities in Histories of Schooling – Schulgeschichte als Rekonstruktion von Klangbildern. Bildungsgeschichte - International journal for the historiography of education : IJHE, 17 (2). pp. 277-288. ISSN ISSN 2192-4295 (In Press)

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This article uses an unattributed photograph taken around 1964 to commemorate an audio recording the junior choir was about to make at the girls’ state secondary grammar school I attended as a pupil from 1958 to 1965. In the photograph I am documented visually as the girl seated at the piano. I use the photograph to explore research techniques for acoustic histories (see also Burke/Grosvenor 2011; Goodman 2017; Hoegaerts 2017; Verstraete 2017). I chart four techniques for reading the sonorities of the photograph that each draws on a different scholar’s approach to the acoustic, which I outline along with links to related pedagogies. Following Edwards’ (2012, 128) stress on photography as a sensorially integrated medium, each of the historians’ work I discuss inter-weaves the senses (sound/sight; sound/touch/sight; sound/hearing/touch/sight), while the fourth approach focuses more explicitly on sound as vibrating material. Rather than providing an in-depth analysis of the photograph, I am interested here in what aspects of sonority the scholar’s research technique brings to the fore. I then consider the various ‘ensoundings’ of the photograph through their implications for my positioning as researcher who is also girl-at-the-piano. I end by opening a line of thinking around change in histories of girls’ education that is prompted by thinking about the photograph acoustically.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: acoustic histories, sonorities, hearing, touch, schooling, posthuman, diffraction, researcher positioning
Subjects: L Social studies > L370 Social theory
V Historical & philosophical studies > V147 Modern history 1950-1999
V Historical & philosophical studies > V320 Social history
X Education > X300 Academic studies in education
Departments: Faculty of Education, Health and Social Care > Education Studies
Depositing User: Joyce Goodman
Date Deposited: 24 Jul 2017 13:13
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2017 10:30

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