This article uses an unattributed photograph taken around 1964 to commemorate an audio recording the junior choir was about to make at the girls’ state secondary grammar school I attended as a pupil from 1958 to 1965. In the photograph I am documented visually as the girl seated at the piano. I use the photograph to explore research techniques for acoustic histories (see also Burke/Grosvenor 2011; Goodman 2017; Hoegaerts 2017; Verstraete 2017). I chart four techniques for reading the sonorities of the photograph that each draws on a different scholar’s approach to the acoustic, which I outline along with links to related pedagogies. Following Edwards’ (2012, 128) stress on photography as a sensorially integrated medium, each of the historians’ work I discuss inter-weaves the senses (sound/sight; sound/touch/sight; sound/hearing/touch/sight), while the fourth approach focuses more explicitly on sound as vibrating material. Rather than providing an in-depth analysis of the photograph, I am interested here in what aspects of sonority the scholar’s research technique brings to the fore. I then consider the various ‘ensoundings’ of the photograph through their implications for my positioning as researcher who is also girl-at-the-piano. I end by opening a line of thinking around change in histories of girls’ education that is prompted by thinking about the photograph acoustically.
|Journal||Bildungsgeschichte - International journal for the historiography of education : IJHE|
|Publication status||Published - 11 Sep 2017|
- Acoustic histories
- Researcher positioning
Goodman, J. (2017). Thinking Through Sonorities in Histories of Schooling – Schulgeschichte als Rekonstruktion von Klangbildern. Bildungsgeschichte - International journal for the historiography of education : IJHE, 17(2), 277-288. http://www.klinkhardt.de/verlagsprogramm/2194.html