The Center for Musical Humanities welcomes Jonathan Sterne, author of "The Audible Past," to present a lecture analyzing high volume listening as a collective practice that addresses altered hearing. High sound pressure levels produced in a range of contexts—from amplifiers at concerts to hand dryers in bathrooms—are usually treated as an epidemiological problem and described in terms of hearing loss. Drawing on arguments around Deaf gain in Deaf studies and critiques of the medical model of disability in disability studies, this paper analyzes high volume listening as a collective practice that addresses altered hearing.
This event is free and open to the public. An ASL interpreter will be present. Q&A and reception immediately follows.