The Ethnographic Ear: Working with/in Sound

Date: Wednesday February 12, 2020
Time: 12 Noon
Location: Room 330, Anthropology Bldg, 19 Russell Street, Toronto

On Wednesday, February 12, University of Toronto Ethnomusicology Prof. Farzaneh Hemmasi and doctoral candidate Nil Basdurak will introduce participants to some of the central questions, theories, challenges and opportunities associated with ethnographic approaches to sound, sounding and listening at Ethnography Lab‘s Methods Café. They will begin with sound recording technology’s role in the foundations of anthropology, folklore, and ethnomusicology and a review of the present key terms and methods in interdisciplinary sound scholarship (acoustemology, acoustic ecology, soundscape, soundwalk, voice). They then will present brief examples from their own and others’ sound- and/or listening-focused ethnographic projects with an eye (ear!) towards a diversity of methods and outcomes and a discussion of the politics and ethics of close listening.

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