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5Hz Labs: The Persuasive Power of Voice

Saturday 29 November 2014, 13:00 to 16:00

This lab will explore the power of the human voice to promote social solidarity, looking particularly at the use of speech and song for persuasion and protest.

11am - 12.30pm   Language Evolution Workshop

2pm - 5pm   5Hz Lab: The Persuasive Power of Voice

From religion to protest movements and revolutions, music and the power of human voice have been used down the centuries to unite people in action.

This lab will explore the role of the voice in promoting social solidarity and harmony.

The event’s guest speakers will include Jonathan Arnold (Oxford University) and Caroline Bithell (Manchester University), and there will be a live performance by Bristol University’s Schola Cantorum, directed by Emma Hornby.

Jonathan Arnold, Faculty of Theology and Religion at Oxford University. His research interests include renaissance and early modern sacred choral music within the liturgy. He is currently researching the role of sacred music in secular society.

Caroline Bithell is a Senior Lecturer in Ethnomusicology at the University of Manchester. Caroline has recently published a new book A Different Voice, A Differernt Song: Reclaiming Community through the Natural Voice and World Song and received critical acclaim for her previous book Transported by Song.

Emma Hornby is a Reader in Music at the University of Bristol where she has been based since 2007. She works on medieval chant, focusing particularly on its transmission and on the connections between liturgical chant and theology.

This event will be preceded by a language evolution workshop led by Laurence White and Emma Smith in the morning.

Language Evolution Workshop: 11am - 12.30pm

Join us to help evolve a new language. These sessions can be booked separately or in addition to the afternoon lab events.

This lab is part of 5Hz, a collaborative project by artist Emma Smith, psychologist and phonetician Laurence White, cognitive neuroscientist and psycholinguist Nina Kazanina and musicologist Emma Hornby. The project will imagine an evolution of voice specifically for social bonding, based on neuroscientific and psychological research into speech rhythm.

Supported by the Wellcome Trust, 5Hz involves a one-year participatory research process, leading to public workshops and events in autumn 2014 and an exhibition at Arnolfini in March 2015.


To secure your place please call Box Office to book: 0117 9172 300

You are also welcome to drop in on the day without booking.


Artist Emma Smith is working with; Dr Nina Kazanina, Senior Lecturer in Psychology of Language at the School of Experimental Psychology, University of Bristol, Dr Laurence White, a lecturer in the School of Psychology at Plymouth University, and Dr Emma Hornby, a Reader in Music at the University of Bristol, to make 5Hz. 

5Hz is produced by Arnolfini in collaboration with the University of Bristol, Plymouth University and with the support of the Wellcome Trust. The 5Hz events programme is also supported by the Economic and Social Research Council as part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science 2014.

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