Sonic Rebellions II

Sonic Rebellions is a network of artists, academics, and activists exploring the relationship between sound and social justice. Established in 2022, the first edited collection is soon to be published under Routledge, featuring chapters on soundwalks and gentrification, social media and feminism, policing and rap music, and much more.

Join us to celebrate the recent publication of Sonic Rebellions: Sound & Social Justice. We will briefly discuss the development of the project, which was founded at UoB and will host a number of events in June. On Tuesday 21st May we will discuss two of the book chapters written by Brighton PhDs to be followed by Q&A. It will also be the first opportunity to buy a copy of the book at a discounted rate!

Tuesday 21st May

3pm-4.30pm Mithras G8


Dangerous Dada? Reconceptualising UK Drill as Avant-Garde

Wanda Canton

An audio-visual presentation to defend rap music as an artistic expression, rather than a criminal one. Wanda will introduce sonic samples to finish with a Drill-Dada mash-up she has put together.


Memetic Feminism and TikTok

Kathryn Zacharek

An exploration of how women and girls use social media and laughter to oppose misogynist content online.


A limited number of discounted books will be available for £25 – that’s a tenner off the retail price! As we will have no card machines, please note we can only accept cash in the exact amount.

Sonic Rebellions II

4th & 5th June 2024

Please view the agenda & abstracts here

Tuesday 4th June

University of Brighton, Edward St and City Campus, 8:30am-17:15pm

Link to purchase your ticket available until 1st June 2024

Book Launch: Rose Hill Terrace, 7pm +

Reserve your place for the Book Launch here

Wednesday 5th June

University of Brighton, Edward Street and City Campus, 9am- 17:30pm

Link to purchase your ticket available until 1st June 2024


Proposals for papers and presentations are open until Friday 5th April 09:00 using the following link:

Proposals are welcome on any aspect of sound and social justice from a range of research disciplines. Themes may include, but are not limited to:

  • ​Sonic methods and resistance in warfare
  • ​Music and its political implications
  • ​Rap music beyond the archive
  • ​Decoloniality and acoustic equality
  • ​Abolitionism and the policing of sound
  • ​Popular music, gender and knowledge

The project encourages presentations that deviate from or innovate traditional conference styles, particularly those that incorporate an interactive or audio element (within the scope of a standard AV set up). The invitation especially extends to PhD students, early-career researchers, and practitioners.

Plans are being developed for a second publication to follow the events.

The symposium at the University of Brighton is supported by the Centre for Applied Philosophy, Politics and Ethics (CAPPE), and the symposium at The London School of Economics is supported by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).


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