For the conference program please click here:  Program

The conference will be opened in the afternoon of Wednesday, July 25, 2012, by Konsul Leslie Th. Reissner, who will be representing the government of Canada, Hochschule Darmstadt’s vice president Prof. Dr. Bernd Steffensen, the Mayor of Dieburg, Faculty of Media's Dean, the President of WFAE and the Conference Chairs.. It will end Saturday night, July 28, 2012, after the conference dinner. We are currently preparing a post-conference trip through the famous historic and very picturesque Odenwald forest region.

Keynote presenters:
Gernot Böhme
Professor em. of Philosophy, TU Darmstadt
Institut für Praxis der Philosophie Darmstadt/Germany
Helmi Järviluoma-Mäkelä professor of Cultural Studies, University of Eastern Finland/Joensuu
Derrick de Kerckhove
Former Director of the McLuhan Program in Culture and Technology/University of Toronto, Canada, and Professor for Sociology of Digital Culture/Università Frederico II, Naples, Italy
Bernie Krause
scientist, electronic musician, soundscape pioneer    
R. Murray Schafer pedagogue, composer, scholar, Indian River/Canada
Hildegard Westerkamp composer, pedagogue, Vancouver/Canada

Further major presenters include:
Ioanna Etmektsoglou    
Assistant Professor in Psychology of Music, Ioanian University Corfu/Greece (tbc)
Trevor Isaac U’mista Cultural Society, Namgis Nation/Canada
Marc Jacobs
director faro, member UNESCO commission Belgium,tbc
Eric Leonardson            
composer, radio artist, sound designer, Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Sound, in The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, USA
Jay Needham                    
composer and sound artist; Associate Professor, Audio Arts, Department of Radio-Television, College of Mass Communication and Media Arts
Southern Illinois University Carbondale USA

Post Earthquake & Tsunami Research Project
Members of the Soundscape Association of Japan will present an exhibition plus papers on their ongoing Post Earthquake & Tsunami Research Project.

Koji Nagahata Associate Professor of Soundscape Studies at the Faculty of Symbiotic Systems Science, Fukushima University
Keiko Torigoe
Professor, School of Cultural and Creative Studies, Aoyama Gakuin University, Tokyo

Besides its overall conference theme the conference will feature the following topics in special panels:
Media aesthetic education and the role of listening
The Local Composition: Analyzing the network of the global soundscape’s elements

Encouraging younger people to submit themes and to attend, the conference will provide a special next generation thread.