The past 20 years have witnessed a turn towards the sensuous, particularly the aural, as a viable space for critical exploration in History and other Humanities disciplines. This has been informed by a heightened awareness of the role that the senses play in shaping modern identity and understanding of place; and increasingly, how the senses are central to the memory of past experiences and their representation. The result has been a broadening of our historical imagination, which has previously taken the visual for granted and ignored the other senses. Considering how crucial the auditory aspect of life has been, a shift from seeing to hearing past societies offers a further perspective for examining the complexity of historical events and experiences. Historians in many fields have begun to listen to the past, developing new arguments about the history and the memory of sensory experience. This volume builds on scholarship produced over the last twenty years and explores these dimensions by coupling the history of sound and the senses in distinctive ways: through a study of the sound of violence; the sound of voice mediated by technologies and the expression of memory through the senses. Though sound is the most developed field in the study of the sensorium, many argue that each of the senses should not be studied in isolation from each other, and for this reason, the final section incorporates material which emphasizes the sense as relational.

chapter |6 pages


Leaning In
ByJoy Damousi, Paula Hamilton

chapter 1|16 pages

Sound Studies Today

Where Are We Going? 1
ByBruce Johnson

part I|67 pages

Sound and Voice

chapter 2|15 pages

“The World Wanderings of a Voice”

Exhibiting the Cylinder Phonograph in Australasia 1
ByHenry Reese

chapter 3|16 pages

“Are You Sitting Comfortably?”

The Changing Position of Storytellers on Early Australian Radio
ByJennifer Bowen

chapter 4|15 pages

Lindbergh’s Voice

ByDavid Goodman

chapter 5|19 pages

Noisy Classrooms and the “Quiet Corner”

The Modern School, Sound and the Senses 1
ByKate Darian-Smith

part II|86 pages

Sound and Violence

chapter 6|16 pages

Throwing Down the Gauntlet

Voice, Power and Sexual Violence in Penal New South Wales
ByPenny Russell

chapter 7|14 pages

Startling Reports

Gunfire as Social Soundscape in Early Colonial Australia
ByDiane Collins

chapter 8|19 pages

Sounds and Silence of War

Dresden and Paris during World War II
ByJoy Damousi

chapter 9|15 pages

Hearing the 1965–66 Indonesian Anti-Communist Repression

Sensory History and Its Possibilities
ByVannessa Hearman

chapter 10|20 pages

“For a Few Seconds, Imagine”

An Aural Experience of Six Days of Terror at the Stadium of Chile, 12–17 September 1973
ByPeter Read

part III|84 pages

Sensory Memories

chapter 11|15 pages

“Big Smoke Stacks”

Competing Memories of the Sounds and Smells of Industrial Heritage 1
ByLisa Murray

chapter 12|18 pages

Intimate Strangers

Multisensorial Memories of Working in the Home
ByPaula Hamilton

chapter 13|19 pages

Botanical Memory

Materiality, Affect and Western Australian Plant Life
ByJohn Charles Ryan

chapter 14|14 pages

“If I Ever Hear It, It Takes Me Straight Back There”

Music, Autobiographical Memory, Space and Place
ByLauren Istvandity

chapter 15|16 pages

Seeing in Black and White

Visualizing “Shadow Sisters” among Metaphors of Light and Dark
ByEmma Dortins