ESSA, the European Sound Studies Association, was officially founded in June 2012 by Michael Bull (UK), Marcel Cobussen (NL), Erik Granly Jensen (DK; founding vice-chair), Anahid Kassabian (UK/US), Jacob Kreutzfeld (DK; founding vice-chair), Tellef Kvifte (N), Ansa Lønstrup (DK), Morten Michelsen (DK; founding chair), Holger Schulze (D; founding vice-chair), and Heikki Uimonen (SF).
ESSA has come into existence as a response to the tremendous growth in sound studies in diverse research cultures all over Europe and worldwide. An interdisciplinary and international group of researchers – connected by various research networks, conferences, and workshops all over Europe – has initiated this international organization with the aim of bringing together sound researchers and sound artists of all kinds. Its aim is to provide an international, interdisciplinary, and interprofessional organization for promoting the study of sound in conferences, summer schools, workshops, and research projects.
Functions of ESSA include:
- providing a forum where those involved in the study of sound can meet and exchange information about their work
- organizing regular conferences
- disseminating information about sound studies on the association’s web pages and through its mailing list
- encouraging the development of research and systematic study in topics and in areas where such study is not well developed
- encouraging recognition of sound as an area for scholarly research
- providing information on sound sources and resources and encouraging their development.
By May 2014 ESSA was happy to have welcomed over 650 members: young scholars, experienced researchers, independent researchers and PhD-students, designers and artists, musicians, bloggers, and journalists.