Special Events

Keywords in Sound: A Roundtable Discussion

Monday, Butler Library, Room 523

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

Sponsored by the Columbia Society of Fellows in the Humanities and the Department of Music.