Special Topics Seminar

Environmental concerns loom large in 2021. From the California wildfires to the bleaching of the Great Barrier Reef, from air pollution in Delhi to water shortages in the American Southwest, from climate refugees in Central America to a growing wave of species extinctions globally, climate change, ecological stress, and unlivable habitats are no longer abstract future concerns; increasingly, they are concrete lived experiences. What might music studies, with its emphasis on sound and listening, contribute to our understanding of the fragile environments in which we are enmeshed? Can climate change be heard? Are plants capable of listening? Can music save the world? Or is it helping to hasten the end of it? In this seminar, we will read work on sound and the environment, listen to a broad array of environmentally-themed sound art, talk with scholars and artists, and work on creative projects that explore the intersection of sound, music, and environment. Can be counted as Advanced Seminar. AREA OF STUDY: Music, History, and Cultures or Sonic Art






Spring 2021

J Martin Daughtry
TR: 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM ONLI
Jaime Oliver
MW: 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM ONLI

Fall 2021

Jaime Oliver
M: 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM; W: 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM SILV 320