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Keywords in Sound: A Roundtable Discussion

General Programming

dateSeptember 21, 2015 timeMonday, 5:00pm–7:00pm EDT location Butler Library, Room 523, Columbia University
  • Department of Music

Editors and contributors will discuss Keywords in Sound, edited by David Novak and Matt Sakakeeny (Duke University Press, 2015), a collection of twenty entries by leading scholars in the field of sound studies.

In twenty essays on subjects such as noise, acoustics, music, and silence, Keywords in Sound presents a definitive resource for sound studies, and a compelling argument for why studying sound matters. Each contributor details their keyword's intellectual history, outlines its role in cultural, social and political discourses, and suggests possibilities for further research. Keywords in Sound charts the philosophical debates and core problems in defining, classifying and conceptualizing sound, and sets new challenges for the development of sound studies.

Event Participants:

Ana Maria Ochoa, Columbia University
David Novak, University of California, Santa Barbara
Matt Sakakeeny, Tulane University
Deborah Kapchan, New York University
David Samuels, New York University
Thomas Porcello, Vassar College
Benjamin Steege, Columbia University

Moderator: Susan Boynton, Columbia University

  • Susan Boynton Professor of Historical Musicology Columbia University
  • Deborah Kapchan Associate Professor of Performance Studies New York University
  • David Novak Associate Professor of Music University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Ana Maria Ochoa Professor of Music Columbia University
  • Thomas Porcello Professor of Anthropology Vassar College
  • Matt Sakakeeny Assistant Professor of Music Tulane University
  • David Samuels Associate Professor of Music New York University
  • Benjamin Steege Assistant Professor of Music Columbia University