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National Research University Higher School of EconomicsUrban Studies and Practices JournalNewsUrban Studies and Practices Journal is Preparing a New Issue on Urban Soundscape: Sound that Defines Spatial Borders

Urban Studies and Practices Journal is Preparing a New Issue on Urban Soundscape: Sound that Defines Spatial Borders


Urban space is not primary, but constrained by its borders and intersections with surrounding spaces. Sound plays an important role in the process of defining the inner and outer borders of these spaces. In some cases the role is obvious, while in others special research is needed to explain the role of sound. Sound and its demarcating capacities will be the focus of a special upcoming issue of Urban Studies and Practices.

The idea that borders in urban spaces are constantly changing has become commonplace in contemporary research; and this has been supported by the understanding that it is not solely what we can visibly observe going on in a city that matters, but that there are also more subtle processes occurring.     

There are many important questions. What merges multiple audial spaces into a single one? Which scenarios accomplish the opposite? How does soundscape facilitate the emergence of an image and mood of a certain place? How does it affect behavioral frameworks? What makes the sounds of the city and by what authority? Who and what legitimatizes this authority, and the authority to prohibit?

We invite researchers to propose their own answers to these questions in the form of articles.

You can also share relevant book reviews, as well as translate articles on this topic.

Send your manuscript with the email subject “Article/review for USP” to editors at usp_editorial@hse.ru.