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Mini-Hartley Residency with Professor Nina Eidsheim (UCLA) Seminar

Professor Nina Eidsheim
16:00 - 17:00
26 April 2023
online event (Microsoft Teams)

Event details

The music department is delighted to welcome Professor Nina Eidsheim for an online Mini-Hartley Residency.

This public online event will take place on Microsoft Teams. If you are not a staff or student at University of Southampton and would like to attend, please contact Hettie Malcomson at

Event details

4–5pm - talk: "The Body as Music’s Terroir"

If music and sound are “thick events” that necessarily exceed our ability to grasp them fully, what resources do we have to make (at least) partial sense of them? Metaphorical language works as one of these resources, not only shaping the ways in which we perceive and understand music, but also one another and the world. Western musical thought has been shaped by several dominant metaphors. These metaphors not only influence the vocabulary we use to describe and analyze music, they also impact our musical imaginaries, performance practices, and sensory access to music. In this talk, I play with a metaphor that has not been much used related to music. I discuss terroir as the metaphorical underpinning that helped me to conceptualize singing and listening as intermaterial vibrational practices (2015), and to articulate how the cultural-political concept of the race of sound has material (and sonorous) consequences (2019). More broadly, I encourage those of us invested in decolonializing data, methodology and analysis to experiment with new metaphors.

Speaker information

Professor Nina Eidsheim. (she/her) is the author of Sensing Sound: Singing and Listening as Vibrational Practice and The Race of Sound: Listening, Timbre, and Vocality in African American Music; co-editing Oxford Handbook of Voice Studies;Co-editor of the Refiguring American Music book series for Duke University Press. She received her bachelor of music from the voice program at the Agder Conservatory (Norway); MFA in vocal performance from the California Institute of the Arts; and Ph.D. in Musicology from the University of California, San Diego. Eidsheim is Professor of Musicology, UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music and founder and director of the UCLA Practice-based Experimental Epistemology Research (PEER) Lab, an experimental research Lab dedicated to decolonializing data, methodology, and analysis, in and through multisensory creative practices. Current projects include a book collaboration with Wadada Leo Smith and a multi-model project that maps networks of metaphors that structure musical community, discourse, and practice.

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