Saturday, June 1, 2019
Part of the larger SpokenWeb network, The SoundBox Project at UBC (Okanagan) is a collection of literary audio that represents important UBC and Canadian cultural heritage. In particular, the collection's poetics conversations recorded between the 1960s and late 1980s reveal much about the gendered division of labour in artistic communities, the custodianship of community history, and the practices of dialogue and critique. This roundtable and multimedia exhibition pose the following question: what would it mean to direct our listening practices toward the social subtext of literary production? That is, rather than focus on a work’s reiteration as sound, what would it mean to instead listen to and for the polyvocal conversations around literary production that shape the manifold relations of the literary field?