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2019 Annual ASRA Conference
Call For Papers

EXTENDED to 4th October, 2019   ANU School of Music Australasian Sound Recordings Association (ASRA)
Annual Conference

"Sounds & Silences"

ANU School of Music
Building 100, The Australian National University,
William Herbert Pl, Canberra ACT 2601

Tuesday 12th and Wednesday 13th November, 2019

"Since there is no real silence,
Silence will contain all the sounds,
All the words, all the languages,
All knowledge, all memory.

Dejan Stojanovic (from 'Silence is the Universal Library')


Call For Papers

The conference organising committee is pleased to announce a call for papers for the 2019 ASRA Conference. This year's conference theme is 'Sounds & Silences'. The conference will be held in Canberra at the ANU School of Music on 12 and 13 November 2019. The committee are seeking paper proposals that celebrate the stories preserved in our sound recording collections, and/or which highlight the impact of loss of sound recording heritage to our collective memory. Information on registration, accommodation and additional activities will be posted on the ASRA website following the abstract review process.

Download PDF version of Membership FormCall For Papers (PDF)
EXTENDED to 4th October, 2019


Conference Theme

This year's conference theme 'Sounds & Silences' highlights the key issue relevant to ASRA's membership and mission: How will the sound collections we have created be handed down to future generations? The conference will encompass a broad scope to discuss, describe and debate topics from all aspects of audio creative, recording and collecting disciplines. We seek to include papers by experts and practitioners across the relevant disciplines including sound recordists, musicians, researchers, archivists, preservation specialists, collectors, oral historians, academics, broadcast professionals and creative practitioners.

Sub-themes may include:

  • International Year of Indigenous Languages – personal, community and institutional
  • Casualties on the digital frontier
  • Obsolescence: perception and reality
  • The long analogue tail: presence and perseverance
  • Hauntology and music
  • Analogue persistence

As with all ASRA Conferences we plan to celebrate our diversity and are seeking to include papers which explore emerging technologies and business models.


How to Submit a Proposal

If you are interested in presenting a paper please contact us with a brief outline of your proposal by 15 September 2019.

Please include in this order:

  • Name of author(s) (as you would like it to appear in the program)
  • Institution or affiliation (if any)
  • Contact phone numbers
  • Email
  • Title of paper
  • Brief Abstract (150-250 words)

Paper proposals or any queries regarding the conference should be emailed to:

please include "ASRA 2019 Conference" in the subject line


Registration and Membership

Information on registration, accommodation and additional activities will be posted on the ASRA website following the abstract review process.

All presenters are encouraged to be financial members of ASRA. Membership Applications can be completed online and enables you to obtain a discount on the cost of your conference registration. For further membership information, please contact or visit the ASRA Membership page.


About ASRA

ASRA was formed in 1986, from the Australian Branch of the International Association of Sound Archivists (IASA) and is an association for those interested in recorded sound and recorded sound collections. The Association is made up of professional sound archivists, curators, recording engineers, radio broadcasters, oral and social historians, sound artists, preservation specialists, researchers and private collectors, consisting of individuals and institutions with a strong interest in sound recording history, its development and all related activities. ASRA also publishes the Australasian Sound Archive, a journal that features papers by fellow professionals in the sound and archival industries and often includes papers delivered at the ASRA annual conference. As an incorporated association ASRA operates independently and does not represent or endorse the views, activities, services or operations of its institutional and corporate members and/or partners.


About ANU School of Music

Situated in the heart of the nation's capital, and on the campus of Australia's foremost research university, the Australian National University School of Music has a proud and rich history. It was the first purpose-built music school facility in Australia and for nearly 50 years the School has also played a leading role in the cultural life of Canberra and our region.

Today, the School delivers a model of music education which best supports the vocational and professional needs of music students grounded in a vision of public service.



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