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The research field known as ‘sound studies’ has experienced huge international growth during the past 10-15 years, and our group has contributed to this development by carrying out research projects, forming national, Nordic and European networks, arranging international conferences, issuing publications, establishing links with international visiting professors, and setting up the online journal called SoundEffects – An Interdisciplinary Journal of Sound and Sound Experience’.

The research group affiliated with the centre consists of scholars from a variety of subjects, degree programmes and departments at the School of Communication and Culture: musicology, Scandinavian studies, information studies, audio design, media studies, and aesthetics and culture. The participants also contribute to other cross-disciplinary research units such as the Centre for Literature Between Media, and to the research programmes Cultural Transformations; Media, Communication and Society; and Humans and Information Technology.

Either individually or in groups, these scholars collaborate with institutions such as Aarhus University Hospital, Kunsthal Aarhus, the Danish Broadcasting Corporation, the ARoS Art Museum, Kunstforeningen Gl. Strand, Kunsten i Aalborg, the SPOR Festival, the Steno Museum and the Greenhouses in Aarhus.

We collaborate with the degree programme in sound design in Haderslev and the Danish National Academy of Music in Esbjerg, and are currently starting to collaborate with the Aarhus School of Architecture and the Municipality of Aarhus/Aarhus the European Capital of Culture 2017.

We are interested in establishing more new (and preferably unconventional) collaborations – for instance within the fields of health/the brain, educational theory and educational institutions (schools), journalism and the media, film and other audio-visual areas, radio and sound, and art and culture (theatres, festivals, concert venues and music academies).

We aim to fulfil specific orders and provide analysis and collaboration services in the form of mapping, projects and investigations in the field of sound studies (for audiences and/or as a working environment), for instance in museums and cultural venues. We also offer services in hospitals and other healthcare environments, educational institutions, learning environments, public venues for art, venues for culture and public meetings, and in the urban space in general. We offer all these services in our capacity as researchers, action consultants and dialogue partners.

Last but not least, we aim to retain our links with the young researchers who already work at the centre on temporary contracts – as well as recruiting students and new young researchers in the growing field of sound studies.