Welcome to the Voice Studies Now Conference! This meeting brings together authors featured in the forthcomingOxford Handbook of Voice Studies (Nina Eidsheim and Katherine Meizel, editors) and provides a chance for all to learn from each other and engage with the larger voice studies community. Contracted with Oxford University Press, the project presents diverse approaches in order to: 1) address the question what is voice?, 2) affirm the development of voice studies as a transdisciplinary field of inquiry, and 3) establish a dialogue to foster a more complete understanding of voice and its meanings. The presenters represent multiple fields of study, including musicology, ethnomusicology, performance, medicine, speech science, linguistics, comparative literature, psychology, broadcasting, gender and Queer studies, disability studies, and media studies. It is our hope that the conference will help us begin to identify the many points of intersection in these disparate approaches to voice, and to facilitate interdisciplinary communication and collaboration.

-Nina Eidsheim and Katherine Meizel


The Voice Challenge

Introducing The Voice Challenge! In the weeks leading up to the Voice Studies Now conference, we would like to start a virtual discussion on the nature of voice. Each week we will present you with a challenge question, asking you to engage the issues through vocal exploration. In the spirit of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, we invite you to nominate friends, family, colleagues and others interested in voice to join the conversation. 


Additionally, we would like to create awareness around and support the Marshallese Educational Initiative, supporting a community that suffers a range of vocal limitations and damages due to US nuclear testing.


Welcome to the Voice Studies Now Conference!

We are pleased to announce Voice Studies Now, an exciting interdisciplinary conference in conjunction with the Oxford Handbook of Voice Studies.

The public is invited to hear and engage the authors of Oxford’s innovative essay collection present and discuss their work. These interdisciplinary participants represent scholarship from the humanities, the performing arts, the social and “hard” sciences, all seeking to share ideas, questions, and methodologies toward a transdisciplinary, holistic dialogue about voice.

Voice Studies Now will take place at the University of California, Los Angeles, from January 30-31st, 2015.

Please stay tuned as we add more information to this page under construction.