Sound Studies and Argumentation–Special Issue of Argumentation and Advocacy

Sound represents a significant part of our lives—from the musical backdrops of everyday spaces to the mundane noises of our technology. While there has been a significant amount of research on sound’s persuasive capabilities, its potential value is undertheorized. Argumentation studies can illuminate how sound can: help or hinder a procedure for resolving a disagreement; act as globally or locally relevant, sufficient, and/or acceptable evidence for a conclusion; present or modify a choice; and tactically modify the conditions for acceptance or rejection of a standpoint.  This special issue of Argumentation and Advocacy seeks contributions exploring the argumentative promises and perils at the intersection of sound studies and argumentation. Submissions could include but are not limited to silence, voice, music, noise, sound object, listening, technologies of audition, and soundscapes.
Submission could interrogate topics including, but not limited to
how sound functions argumentatively;
how sound provides a presentational device;
how sound changes how analyst identify, analyze, and/or evaluates argumentation;
how sound affords new argumentative strategies;
how sound offers a useful framework for approaching argumentation in the digital age;
how sound gives or denies access to some in the public sphere;
See Argumentation and Advocacy guidelines for documentation format.
Questions about the special issue may be directed to the guest editor
Justin Eckstein
Pacific Lutheran University
Argumentation and Advocacy submission guidelines apply to the special issue (see Essays will be subject to peer review and will be competitively selected. Submissions should be made via the on-line submission portal. When submitting author information, indicate your study is intended for the special issue on Sound and Argumentation. Also, when uploading your manuscript on the web portal, title the document SIS2017Sound_your title. The submission deadline is February 1, 2018. Anticipated publication date of this special issue is Winter 2018.

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