Dr. Joseph Auner: Post Human Feedback
The UK School of Music Presents
a Longyear Lecture in Musicology and Ethnomusicology
Dr. Joseph Auner:“Post/Human/Feedback”
Friday, December 6, 2019, 3:30 p.m.,
Niles Gallery, FA Library
Joseph Auner, is Austin Fletcher Professor of Music at Tufts University, currently serving as Dean of University College. A past editor-in-chief of the Journal of the American Musical Society, he has been the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the von Humboldt Foundation, and the Getty Center for the History of Art and the Humanities. He is a former Vice President of the American Musicological Society. Before coming to Tufts in 2006 he was Associate Provost at Stony Brook University. His books include Music in the 20th and 21st Centuries (2013); A Cambridge Companion to Schoenberg, ed. with J.Shaw (2010); and A Schoenberg Reader (2003).
In his talk Auner will explore what can be gained by putting sound at the center of our investigations of the “posthuman,” whether focusing on the soundscapes, sonic arts, or music. Sound does not just hit our ear drums, but our whole body, impacting skin and bone, our internal organs. We can perceive sound and music as vibrational practice, that is, in an inherently permeable way, always in embodied spaces shaped by sound. This in turn points to ways to move beyond the often abstract and metaphorical notions of the posthuman as disembodied information circulating through networks and in the process reshape our sense of self, our bodies, and how we interact with those around us.