Seminar: Limerick Soundscapes and Critical Citizenship

Seminar: Limerick Soundscapes and Critical Citizenship

UL MA in Sociology (Youth, Community & Social Regeneration)
 
Critical Perspectives on Youth, Community and Urban Regeneration 
 
SEMINAR SERIES 2016
 
Seminar Title: Limerick Soundscapes and Critical Citizenship.
 
Abstract: LimerickSoundscapes is a sound-mapping project that seeks to critically engage citizens of a multi-cultural, socially and economically divided, post-industrial City of Limerick, in the Republic of Ireland. Facilitated by an interdisciplinary team located in the local university, citizens from all walks of life are encouraged to traverse the city, using hand-held recorders to capture a vast array of sounds which are subsequently uploaded onto an interactive website. Initially, the seminar will locate the project within the historical, geographical, and economic context of a city currently ‘undergoing’ a state- sponsored programme of urban regeneration. The project is also understood in terms of top-down and bottom-up cultural initiatives, particularly in relation to Limerick’s designation as National City of Culture, 2014. As well as looking at how LimerickSoundscapes was conceived and realised through a pilot programme in 2013, through the activities and experiences of volunteer recordists, I illustrate how soundscapes generation in Limerick is as much focussed on engagement and on building social relations as it is on producing a finished product that seeks to sonically and culturally represent the city.  While clearly tied to Limerick City, I argue that LimerickSoundscapes models an new approach not just to urban soundscape generation, but also to urban social regeneration that could be duplicated elsewhere.  Such projects may have the capacity to promote real diversity and a critical and participatory citizenship, through shared, creative goals and a dialogic of doing.
 
 
Dr Aileen Dillane is an ethnomusicologist based in the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick, Ireland. She is a founding member and co-director of the ‘LimerickSoundscapes’ project. Her other research interests include traditional, vernacular and popular musics of Ireland, the United States and Australia; songs of social protest; and music and the utopian impulse. Aileen co-directs the Popular Music and Popular Culture, and Power, Discourse and Society research clusters at the University of Limerick. 
 
Seminar takes place Wednesday 13th April at 1pm in F1030. All Welcome