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The Sound of Nature: Soundscapes and Environmental Awareness, 1750-1950 is an international collaborative research project funded jointly by the AHRC and the DFG and hosted by Cardiff University and Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

Through interdisciplinary scholarship in environmental history and literary studies, we aim to recover and engage with representations of natural sound across two centuries that shaped many of our current environmental ideologies and existing institutions for conservation.

In the process, we hope to investigate not only the complexity of ‘the sound of nature’ in other historical periods but also how previous constructions of ‘natural’ soundscapes continue to shape contemporary attitudes to the environment. You can read more about the project in our introductory blog post.