This issue, titled “The Soundwork of Media Activism,” engages some of the most pressing concerns of the early 21st century by tracing affective, embodied, sometimes playful, sometimes violent experiences of aurality in activist and otherwise transformative media. The year 2020 has been marked by upheaval and activism. And it has been marked by sound. From our collectively heightened awareness of birdsong to chants calling for abolition, 2020 has been a year defined by aural crisis and calls for justice. Compared to some of the stark images we have witnessed, sound might seem to fade away in importance. To allow this, however, would be to return to the ocularcentrism that troubled early media studies. We draw upon Michele Hilmes’s concept of soundwork to tune into sound and listening in our experiences of crisis and activism. Research into soundwork helps to elucidate the sonic dimensions of efforts to assert and reclaim control...

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