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CLIFF Conference 2014

Thursday, March 13, 2014
4:00 AM
Kelsey Museum

Thursday, March 13

Keynote Address - 4:00-5:30

Christine Sun Kim “Runs in Voice” with Elisabeth Treger, ASL interpreter

Please join us for a reception after the talk.

Deaf since birth, Christine Sun Kim has established her voice through experimentation with sound art, including score and transcript drawings that raise questions about linguistic authority, ownership of sound, and oral language as social currency. She combines information systems and languages, letting their grammars rub against each other, and draws attention to this friction with visuals and codes on paper. Kim has come upon more similarities than differences between music and American Sign Language, which will be discussed during her talk.


Christine Sun Kim, who was born in California, holds an MFA in Sound/Music from Bard College and an MFA from the School of Visual Arts. As a composer and social practitioner, she uses the medium of sound through technology to investigate and rationalize her relationship with sound and spoken languages. Her art has been categorized as multi-
faceted; it includes drawings, performances, installations, workshops, and talks. Kim has exhibited and performed in worldwide venues such as Sound Live Tokyo; Recess Activities, New York; Plug In ICA, Winnipeg; and Calder Foundation New York. She has received numerous awards, including a Mellon Tri-College Creative Residency at Haverford College, a Residency at Southern Exposure, and a Fellowship at TED.

Friday, March 14

9:00 Breakfast

Panel 1: Transcending the Medium


1) Jessica Grimmer, “Approaching the Divine in Mahler’s Third Symphony”

2) Stephen Lett, “Bridging and Mapping: A Program Note in Action”

3) John Holliday, “Sonicity and the Performance of Reading”

Faculty Roundtable: “Working with Music”


Daniel Herwitz (Frederick G. L. Huetwell Professor of Comparative Literature, History of Art, Philosophy and Art & Design)

Nadine Hubbs (Professor of Women's Studies and Music)

Yopie Prins (Professor of English and Comparative Literature)

Please join us for a catered lunch.

Panel 2: Soundscapes, History, Community


1) Ho-Chak, “"Watching Music, Hearing Cinema: Yellow Earth (1984) as a Manifestation of Chinese

Communist Musical Discourse"

2) Benjamin Ireland, “The Postcoloniality of Music in Franco-Vietnamese Film and Literature”

3) Megan Hill, "A Buddhist Monk in Asakusa’s Soundscape Montage"'

3:00 Coffee

Panel 3: Literary Soundscapes


1) Aran Ruth, “Listening to ‘The Eolian Harp’”

2) Sarah Sutter, “The Sounds of Chekhov’s Steppe”

3) Emily Goedde, "Poems and Bombs: Poetry in World War II Kunming"