Reverberations and Post-War Trauma: the Sustained Aftermath of Aerial Strikes on Lebanon in 2006

Safa, M. 2022. Reverberations and Post-War Trauma: the Sustained Aftermath of Aerial Strikes on Lebanon in 2006. Sound Studies. 8 (1), pp. 73-99. https://doi.org/10.1080/20551940.2021.2021367

TitleReverberations and Post-War Trauma: the Sustained Aftermath of Aerial Strikes on Lebanon in 2006
TypeJournal article
AuthorsSafa, M.
Abstract

This paper explores sound at the intersection between urban environments and conflict, specifically extracted from a particular case of aerial bombardment that occurred during the 2006 war on Lebanon. To formulate an argument on the long-lasting and traumatic sonic repercussions during military operations; sound studies and architectural environments would coalesce to unearth the unseen, yet extremely sensed assaults during this war. Here, I look at Reverberations as the product of both sound and the built surrounding, where it operates as a method to read the subtle, extended yet affective impacts of contemporary military conflict. I therefore argue that the initial impact’s sound is rather bypassed, and the auditory focus shifted on its tail as a sonic phenomenon that is amplified and channelled by the urban morphology. This research relies on multiple analytical, theoretical, and practical resources spanning from spectrograms to sonic mapping. Those means serve to illustrate the behaviour of sound during conflict in a compressed urban environment. Paired with its cognitive and visceral responses, this method offers greater accounts on the victims that weren’t directly targeted by aerial assaults.

JournalSound Studies
Journal citation8 (1), pp. 73-99
ISSN2055-1940
2055-1959
Year2022
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Publisher's version
License
CC BY-NC-ND 4.0
File Access Level
Open (open metadata and files)
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/20551940.2021.2021367
Publication dates
Published online02 Feb 2022
Published in print2022

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