Introduction of “Sounding Crisis. The Research Podcast on Climate Change and Sound”

“Sounding Crisis” is the title of a research project funded by the European Commission as well as of a podcast, which is an integral part of it. The full title of the research project is “Sounding Crisis. Sonic Agency as Cognate Energies for Climate Action in Denmark/Greenland and Australia”. The main idea behind it is that climate change became audible at a certain point and that this had and still has a strong impact on the public awareness for this issue. The project also understands sound as not only related to energies in certain ways, but also as an energy in itself, which sets people and things in motion. To understand the relationship of climate change, sound and energy better, the research project will scrutinize the sound practices of climate activists, the sonifications of climate change by artists and hopefully also sound practices addressing the relationship of humans to nature of Indigenous people in Greenland and Australia. 


“As climate change is one of the most important and most urgent topics of the 21st century, which challenges the understanding and creativity of all of us, this podcast is intended to share the findings of the research project as quickly as possible with the interested public, way before the final results will be published as an academic book some day in the far future.”

At the moment, there are planned 15 episodes for this podcast within two years. Maybe it will become more in the end, depending on the findings. For example, the podcast will document the field research at climate strike protest rallies in Copenhagen or at the Nuuk Nordic Culture Festival in Greenland, which takes place by the end of October 2021. Of course, many interviews with Indigenous and Non-Indigenous artists, scholars and activists will be recorded, too. Whatever attracts interest, will be record and afterwards it will be decided if it’s worth sharing.


Ania Mauruschat

Ania is a radio journalist and Sound Studies scholar from Germany, who has been trained as an academic researcher in the last decade in Switzerland. On September 1, 2021, she started her new position as a Marie Curie research fellow, funded by the European Commission, at the Sound Studies Lab of the University of Copenhagen in Denmark, where she will be based for the next two years.