AoM-LS/MC 2019

Steven Feld introduced the concept of acoustemology in the early 1990s, conjoining »acoustic« and »epistemology« in order to pursue the social study of sound as a way of knowing and being in the world. In doing so, Steven Feld provided a new and extended vocabulary for the discussion of music and sound on which anthropologists, ethnomusicologists, and others increasingly draw. In a series of three lectures, held on three subsequent days, Steven Feld presented the current state of his thinking. He relates acoustemology to ongoing theoretical debates on globalization, neoliberal capitalism, environmental change and human-nonhuman-interactions, and thereby showed ways in which acoustemological approaches may contribute to better understand some of the most pressing questions of our times. >> READ MORE