Special Studies

This seminar aims to situate individual research trajectories within increasingly volatile technological, environmental, and academic ecosystems. The historical event to which we will frequently refer is the COVID-19 pandemic. We will think about the ways in which the pandemic has accelerated, intensified, and transformed debates that had already been percolating within our discipline during the past decades: debates on the place of music and sound studies in a changing academy; on the increasing digitization of scholarly activity; on the relationship between the humanities to the sciences; and on the possible links between musical practice and health, both individual and planetary. During the first weeks, we will read theoretical texts to help us think broadly about music and sound in relation to technology, the body, and place/space. The bulk of the seminar's readings will be tailored toward individual projects.

A substantial proportion of doctoral seminars are offered each year under this heading






Spring 2021

Christine N Dang
W: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM ONLI
J Martin Daughtry
W: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM ONLI
Maureen Elizabeth Mahon
M: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM ONLI

Fall 2021

Louis S Karchin
R: 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM SILV 220