Outside In: Chorus and Clearing in the Time of Pandemic and Protest


  • Julie Beth Napolin Eugene Lang College, The New School




Listening, Race, Sound, Protest, African American Literature


A sonic ensemble, this essay describes how the COVID-19 pandemic cleared the way for heightened protest against racial violence. Both the pandemic and Black Lives Matter address the acoustical threshold between the inside and outside, being a call to listen rather than simply to hear. Arguing that the call exceeds the confines of the first-person subject, particularly in its chants for justice, the essay moves through auditory fragments of pandemic and protest. These fragments are connected through the fact of air, breathe, and the recognition of a shared world and its chorus.


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How to Cite

Napolin, J. B. (2020). Outside In: Chorus and Clearing in the Time of Pandemic and Protest. Sociologica, 14(2), 41–54. https://doi.org/10.6092/issn.1971-8853/11269



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