Guest lecture with visiting scholar Dr. Rémy Bocquillon

The Dept of Sociology and the Sound Studies Institute present
Thinking-with Sounds in Sociology

with Dr. Rémy Bocquillon

Tuesday, April 4th, 2023
12:00pm – 1:30pm
Intermedia Research Studio
1-62 Henry Marshall Tory Bldg.

Is it possible to think-with sound in sociology? What does it actually mean to think-with
? And why should it be relevant to sociological research practices? In this
talk/conversation, I am proposing to discuss those questions, which drove my PhD
research and continue to “resonate” with my practice as a sociologist and sound artist. I will attempt to present the main theoretical implications of such a sonic thinking, giving
an overview of how aesthetic and artistic practices of sounding and listening can be
included into research. Not as an object of inquiry, but as co-constituting the processes
of thought and knowledge production. In particular, I would like to focus on human-
computer interactions in performance settings, ask if and how the boundaries between
seemingly clearly defined actors can be challenged, and what kind of networks of
creativity and improvisation can be proposed in relation to the machine.

Rémy Bocquillon is a Postdoctoral researcher and Lecturer in Sociology at the Catholic
University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, Germany. His research interests revolve around
epistemic practices bridging the gap between arts, science, and philosophy, which he
explores through his own creative work as a sound artist and musician. His latest
projects include the publication of his book “Sound Formations. Towards a sociological
thinking-with sounds” and the sound installation “Activating Space | Prehending the