Department of Anthropology

Sound Studies Lecture Series: Steven Feld

"Hearing Heat: An Anthropocene Acoustemology"

Mon, September 17, 2018 | SAC 5.118

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Sound Studies Lecture Series: Steven Feld

In his 2014 American Anthropological Association Presidential Lecture, Bruno Latour proposed that even if poisoned, the anthropocene is a profound, indeed, generative gift to research, inciting new approaches to intersections of environmental sciences and humanities, not to mention heightened intellectual engagement and responsibility. Taking up Latour’s challenge through acoustemology, the study of sound as a way of knowing, this talk engages histories of hearing heat, inquiring into how these histories affectively entangle cicadas and humans in Papua New Guinea, Japan, and Greece.

Steven Feld is an anthropologist, musician/sound artist, and filmmaker. His acoustemology research projects include rainforest sound ecology in Papua New Guinea, the history of bells in Europe, and jazz cosmopolitanism in West Africa. He taught in multiple fields for 35 years, including 1985-95 at UT Austin. Presently he is Senior Scholar at the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe, New Mexico, working on Voices of the Rainforest, a feature film building on a 7.1 cinema surround virtual rainforest that he composed at Skywalker Sound in 2016-17.

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