Lecture Series

2018, we focused on the topic of Valuing Music, and were therefore glad to have Timothy Taylor, professor of ethnomusicology and musicology at the University of Los Angeles (UCLA). In a series of three public lectures held on three subsequent days, Timothy Tayler explored questions of value with respect to music as a form of cultural production. Questions of value have concerned anthropologists for generations. However, only recently there have been concerted attempts to try to formulate a more general theory of value that can encompass both Marx’s andMauss’s seminal writings. Linking up to this recent work — by David Graeber, Michael Lambek, Fred Myers, Anna Tsing, and others — the lectures explore questions of value with respect to music as a form of cultural production.

Video recordings of the three lectures can be accessed here: