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Visiting Scholar Series: Jonathan De Souza

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Join us online for Jonathan De Souza's research talk, "Intercorporeality in Musical Ensembles.

This VIRTUAL ONLY event is free to the public via ZOOM webinar or livestream via the Music at Pitt YouTube channel. To join the webinar, please registar using the link on this page. ZOOM link and passcode will be provided following successful registration.

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Abstract: Many scholars have examined bodily aspects of listening and performance. Yet they have often prioritized individual bodies. Meanwhile, music-theoretical discussions of social interaction tend to examine small ensembles, such as classical chamber groups or jazz combos, without asking how sonic interplay might be physically grounded. How, then, can accounts of musical bodies and musical interaction be integrated? The phenomenology of Maurice Merleau-Ponty offers a model here, insofar as his concept of “intercorporeality” connects embodiment and intersubjectivity. For Merleau-Ponty, human perception, cognition, and action do not start with isolated minds; rather, such processes are inherently social and physical. We interact with others from birth, and such interactions shape our bodily and perceptual capacities. This means that social relations are fundamentally embodied, and embodiment is fundamentally social. Moreover, many activities are impossible without partners, from early infant-caregiver interactions to various forms of work, sport, dance—and collective music making. From this perspective, an ensemble is not simply a collection of essentially discrete bodies. Instead, this approach highlights distributed corporeal structures and fluid boundaries, dynamic networks of bodies sounding together.

 

Bio: Jonathan De Souza is an Associate Professor in the Don Wright Faculty of Music at the University of Western Ontario, where he is also an Associate Member of the Brain and Mind Institute and Associate Faculty in the Centre for Theory and Criticism. He is co-editor, with Benjamin Steege and Jessica Wiskus, of the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of the Phenomenology of Music. In 2020, his book Music at Hand: Instruments, Bodies, and Cognition received an Emerging Scholar Award from the Society for Music Theory.

 

Each semester the Department of Music presents visiting scholars who are leaders in their fields. All Visiting Scholar Lectures are free to the public. For more information call 412-624-4125 or e-mail concerts@pitt.edu.

Friday, January 21 at 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Virtual Event

Visiting Scholar Series: Jonathan De Souza

Join us online for Jonathan De Souza's research talk, "Intercorporeality in Musical Ensembles.

This VIRTUAL ONLY event is free to the public via ZOOM webinar or livestream via the Music at Pitt YouTube channel. To join the webinar, please registar using the link on this page. ZOOM link and passcode will be provided following successful registration.

Find the livestream here.

Abstract: Many scholars have examined bodily aspects of listening and performance. Yet they have often prioritized individual bodies. Meanwhile, music-theoretical discussions of social interaction tend to examine small ensembles, such as classical chamber groups or jazz combos, without asking how sonic interplay might be physically grounded. How, then, can accounts of musical bodies and musical interaction be integrated? The phenomenology of Maurice Merleau-Ponty offers a model here, insofar as his concept of “intercorporeality” connects embodiment and intersubjectivity. For Merleau-Ponty, human perception, cognition, and action do not start with isolated minds; rather, such processes are inherently social and physical. We interact with others from birth, and such interactions shape our bodily and perceptual capacities. This means that social relations are fundamentally embodied, and embodiment is fundamentally social. Moreover, many activities are impossible without partners, from early infant-caregiver interactions to various forms of work, sport, dance—and collective music making. From this perspective, an ensemble is not simply a collection of essentially discrete bodies. Instead, this approach highlights distributed corporeal structures and fluid boundaries, dynamic networks of bodies sounding together.

 

Bio: Jonathan De Souza is an Associate Professor in the Don Wright Faculty of Music at the University of Western Ontario, where he is also an Associate Member of the Brain and Mind Institute and Associate Faculty in the Centre for Theory and Criticism. He is co-editor, with Benjamin Steege and Jessica Wiskus, of the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of the Phenomenology of Music. In 2020, his book Music at Hand: Instruments, Bodies, and Cognition received an Emerging Scholar Award from the Society for Music Theory.

 

Each semester the Department of Music presents visiting scholars who are leaders in their fields. All Visiting Scholar Lectures are free to the public. For more information call 412-624-4125 or e-mail concerts@pitt.edu.

Friday, January 21 at 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

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