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PhSR 2021 : CFP: Philosophy and Sonic Research: Thinking with Sounds and Rhythms


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Submission Deadline Apr 15, 2021
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Categories    philosophy   sonic research   cognitive sciences   methodology

Call For Papers

for a topical issue of Open Philosophy
“Philosophy and Sonic Research: Thinking with Sounds and Rhythms”

Open Philosophy ( invites submissions for the topical issue “Philosophy and Sonic Research: Thinking with Sounds and Rhythms,” edited by Martin Nitsche and Vít Pokorný (the Institute of Philosophy, Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague)



Human reasoning (including philosophy, language, arts, politics, leisure, etc.) is predominantly built on visual experience. Sonic thinking challenges the primacy of visual and claims that human rationale should be enriched by and transformed according to aural experience. The topical issue intends to follow this endeavour by investigating both possible and actual interconnections between sonic research and philosophy.

Sonic research investigates our experience with sounds, music, rhythms, resonances, noises, and other sonic phenomena in order to describe both acoustic nature of various environments (i.e. soundscapes) and aural configurations of human sensing (jointly with understanding). In our aim to capture the impact of sonic research to philosophy, we do not favour any philosophical approach, but welcome papers from all schools and disciplines of contemporary thinking (including, for example, phenomenology, philosophy of mind, critical theory, object-oriented ontology, media philosophy, ethics, aesthetics, philosophy of perception, environmental philosophy, enactivism, and philosophical applications of cognitive science).

Within the broad scope of the main theme “Philosophy and Sonic Research”, we seek papers addressing, among others:

- Inter- and trans-disciplinarity of sonic research: methodological reflections
- Influences of sonic research (as well as sonic studies) to paradigm shifts in philosophy of perception
- Sonic approaches in philosophy: traditional philosophical problems within a new perspective of sonic thinking – general (methodological) reflections as well as specific solutions of particular questions
- Particular philosophical conceptualizations of sounds, rhythms, noises, and other sonic phenomena
- Media and mediation related sonic research; a media-philosophical praxeology
- Soundscapes: topological, phenomenological-topological, and other spatial-turn methods in philosophy of sonic environments. Sonic ecology
- Sonic research and a city: philosophical approaches
- Sonic design
- Sonic imagination – e.g. in aesthetics, philosophical psychology, or theory of education
- Artistic research of sonic experience – including methodological reflections and self-reflections of artistic research as a philosophical method
- Inter-species relations based on acoustic inter-animality. Sonic research and post-humanities

Authors publishing their articles in the special issue will benefit from:
· transparent, comprehensive and fast peer review,
· efficient route to fast-track publication and full advantage of De Gruyter's e-technology,
· free language assistance for authors from non-English speaking regions.

Because Open Philosophy is published under an Open Access model, as a rule, publication costs should be covered by so called Article Publishing Charges (APC), paid by authors, their affiliated institutions, funders or sponsors.

Authors without access to publishing funds are encouraged to discuss potential discounts or waivers with Managing Editor of the journal Katarzyna Tempczyk ( before submitting their manuscripts.


Submissions will be collected by April 15, 2021. There are no specific length limitations.

To submit an article for the special issue of Open Philosophy, authors are asked to access the online submission system at:

Please choose as article type: Philosophy and Sonic Research

Before submission the authors should carefully read over the Instruction for Authors, available at:

All contributions will undergo critical review before being accepted for publication.

Further questions about this thematic issue can be addressed to Martin Nitsche (

In case of technical or financial questions, please contact Managing Editor of the journal Katarzyna Tempczyk (

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