Event Info


Ana M. Ochoa Gautier, Columbia University Professor and Chair of the Department of Music and faculty member at the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race, will present "Sound Arts and Culinary Arts: Lévi Strauss, Structuralism, and the Anthropology of Music." This talk explores Lévi Strauss’ tetralogy, The Mythologiques, and the regime of the arts they announce. While such a regime is not developed by Lévi Strauss it is taken by other scholars in the history of the anthropology of sound. This talk explores the significance of such work for rethinking musical practice and media in light of questions regarding climate change, the decolonial and the Anthropocene.

This colloquium is part of the "Sound Knowledges" series, a Humanities Council Magic Project curated by Gavin Steingo.

About the Series:

In the past decade, “sound studies” has developed as a major field of scholarly investigation. Often conceptualized as an alternative to visually-oriented studies of media and society, sound studies has foregrounded otherwise neglected histories of listening and the acoustic, and has situated audition as a central figure in the production of cultural, social, and scientific knowledge. But despite continued calls for an approach that would cut across different modalities of knowledge production, research on sound remains woefully compartmentalized. By bringing together theorists, artists, and practitioners, this series promises to foster a more robust and genuinely crossdisciplinary approach to sonic knowledge.