Minas Gerais

DWELLINGS OF SOUND: AUDITORY KNOWLEDGE AND SONIC SYMBOLISM AMONGST THE GERAIZEIROS OF CENTRAL BRAZIL

Victor de Souza Soares’ doctoral project consists of an ethnography of sound and listening amongst the geraizeiros, a traditional rural population that dwells the cerrado, a unique Brazilian ecosystem. Drawing on the concepts of acoustemology, non-human agency, supernature, and space/place, I argue that these countrypersons, besides revealing century-old musical traditions, relate and interact with the non-human world (animal and supernatural) by means of a very particular sound-listening connectivity with their environment. Accordingly, my ethnographical account focuses on daily routines of work, leisure and religion, as well as sacred-secular events (e.g. folias, pilgrimages, ritual dances) to investigate the sonic and auditory dimension within human-nonhuman relationships and interactions.

Researcher: Victor Soares