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Alexandra Lippman, “Sound Ethnography”
May 19, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Please join Science and Technology Studies (STS) for a lunchtime Food for Thought event with Alexandra Lippman on:
What does anthropology sound like and how do anthropologists learn to listen? With these questions in mind, I founded the Sound Ethnography Project and invited colleagues to experiment with creating sonically informed ethnographies. I ask what a sound ethnography might be in their research and to contribute these experimentations on a collaborative website (soundethnography.com). I challenge them to listen closely to their research and attempt to convey the roles played by sound in various fields, even those not explicitly about sound. Attempting to amplify the aural ambiance of research opens up scholarly inquiry to new ways of thinking that push us to experiment with new modes of scholarly transmission. With sound ethnography, the interaction between sound recordings, text, photographs, and maps produces what I call a resonant anthropology. In this chapter, I discuss the Sound Ethnography Project through modes of attention and attunement, situated listening, and the production of a resonant anthropology.
Alexandra Lippman is a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Innovating Communication in Scholarship project at the University of California, Davis and is affiliated with Science and Technology Studies and Anthropology. She holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of California, Irvine. Her primary research explores alternative intellectual property, digital culture, popular music, and the politics of sound in Brazil.
Note this is our Food for Thought format where everyone is asked to read a paper ahead of time. After you RSVP to Josh Weiss (jzweiss a t ucdavis) you will be emailed with the paper to be discussed.