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“Global Perspectives in Histories of Music Theory”

February 20, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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“Global Perspectives in Histories of Music Theory”

1:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Heyman Center for the Humanities
No registration required.
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Topics in the History of Chinese Music Theory: 1:15-2:45 PM

Guangming Li, Beijing Conservatory

Emerging Work in Global Histories of Music Theory: 3:00-4:00 PM

Sadegh Ansari, Ph.D. Candidate, Columbia University
Mahir Cetiz, Core Lecturer in Music Humanities, Columbia University
Qingfan Jiang, Ph.D. Candidate, Columbia University
Zoe Weiss, Ph.D. Candidate, Cornell University
Carlos Ramirez, Ph.D. Candidate, Cornell University

What does it Mean to do Global Histories?: 4:30-5:45 PM

Andrew Hicks, Assistant Professor of Musicology, Cornell University
Eugenia Lean, Associate Professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Columbia University
Benjamin Steege, Assistant Professor of Music, Columbia University
Kavita Sivaramakrishnan, Assistant Professor of Sociomedical Sciences, Columbia University
Moderated by Carmel Raz, Mellon Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Society of Fellows, Columbia University and Lan Li, Presidential Scholar in Society and Neuroscience at the Society of Fellows, Columbia University

Reception: 5:45-6:15 PM

An Evening with the Monochord: 6:15-7:45 PM

Joon Park, Assistant Professor of Music Theory, University of Arkansas
David Cohen, Columbia University
Guangming Li, Beijing Conservatory
Respondent: Nathan Martin, Assistant Professor of Music, University of Michigan

This conference brings together music scholars and historians of science to develop new insights into global histories of music theory. Together, our participants investigate convergences and divergences across time and place. With talks on subjects including tuning theories in ancient China and court music in fifteenth-century Korea, this event explores how complex concepts in mathematics, cosmology, and artisanal practice arose in response to similar concerns around classifying pitches, modes, and instruments.

Co-Sponsored by the Center for Science and Society, the Heyman Center for the Humanities, the Center for Korean Research, the Columbia University Department of Music, and the Cornell University Department of Music


February 20, 2017
1:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Heyman Center for the Humanities
74 Morningside Drive
New York, 10027 United States
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