Vicarious Vocalities / Simulated Songs RMA Study Day: Remembered, Shared, and Created Voices in Popular Culture
September 27 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Following the rich discussions of the Vicarious Vocalities conference in September 2020 (a virtual
conference hosted by the University of Portsmouth), this Study Day aims to bring together
scholars of all stages to explore the abundant forms of simulated, copied, or imitative voices in
popular culture. With previous conference papers presenting on topics ranging from Hollywood
dubbing and Bollywood playback singers, lip-sync performance and TV talent shows, and cyborg
voices and voices of the divine, we hope to think creatively and expansively about vicarious
vocalities in myriad forms, and analyse such voices within an interdisciplinary and multimedia
The Study Day aims to weave together multiple research avenues of voice studies, constructing a
polyphonic discourse. While this list is not exhaustive and we hope to be surprised by new areas
of research presented, we are interested in continuing to forge connections between areas such
as ventriloquism (Steven Connor 2000), tribute acts (Shane Homan 2006; Georgina Gregory 2016),
lip-syncing (Carol Langley 2006; Jacob Bird 2020; Merrie Snell 2020), karaoke (Rob Drew 2001;
Kevin Brown 2015), vocal emulation in bio-musicals and biopics (Millie Taylor 2012; Ben
MacPherson 2020), talent shows (Jennifer Fleeger 2014), and vocal queerness (Wayne
Koestenbaum 1993; Freya Jarman 2011).
The previous conference was constructed around three strands: Lost, Stolen, and Borrowed Voices. This Study Day will similarly seek to explore our presentations in three strands: Remembered, Shared, and Created Voices.
Any enquiries can be directed to Dr Jacob Mallinson Bird at email@example.com.