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: