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His Music Was Not a Weapon:
Black Noise, Breakable Skin,
and the Plundered Voice of
Jordan Russell Davis

March 24, 2018 (McGill University)
March 28, 2018 (NTL Taiwan University)
March 31, 2018 (Hanyang University)
April 10, 2018 (Harvard University)
April 13, 2018 (University of Chicago)
April 18, 2018 (Howard University)
April 23, 2018 (Dartmouth College)

I, Spy: Violence, Voice, and Queer Ethics in Online Game Fieldwork

Keynote Address, Annual Meeting of New England Chapter of the Society for Ethnomusicology

March 18, 2017 (Middlebury College)

April 25, 2017 (UNC Asheville)

Groovy Choreographies: Glitches, Gimmicks, and Aesthetic Alibis

Ethnomusicology Colloquium

December 1, 2014 (Brown University)

Verdi’s Third Century: Italian Opera Today

October 11, 2013 (New York University)

AMS Daytime Session: Indignation, Indifference, or Whatever: A Slacktivist's Guide to the Diva's Leaky Voice


Chair: Sharon Mirchandani

American Musicological Society Annual Meeting

Rochester, NY

November 11, 2017 (9:00am)


AMS Special Session: Perspectives on Critical Race Theory and Music (with Cheryl Harris)

Co-respondent (with Alisha Lola Jones)

Chairs: George Lewis and Judy Tsou

American Musicological Society Annual Meeting

Rochester, NY

November 10, 2017 (5:30pm)


AMS Evening Session: Music, Disability, and Intersectionality


Chairs: Samantha Bassler and Jessica Holmes

American Musicological Society Annual Meeting

Rochester, NY

November 9, 2017 (8:00pm)


So, You've Been Musically Shamed

Music Department Colloquium

Case Western Reserve University

November 3, 2017

A Physician and a Musicologist Walk Into a Bar...

Geisel School of Medicine

Dartmouth College

October 30, 2017


Interrogating the Nation / Repositioning U.S. Music in the 21st Century

Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study (org. Charles Hiroshi Garrett & Carol Oja)

Harvard University

May 11–12, 2017


Music and the Measures of Life

Keynote address, Humanities Lecture Series

UNC Asheville

April 24, 2017


The Prince and the Pauper: the Purpose of Sounding Great

Music Department Colloquium

UNC Chapel Hill

April 21–22, 2017


All the Beautiful Musicians

Music Department Colloquium

Florida State University

April 19–20, 2017


Aesthetics as Eugenics

Willson Center for the Humanities, Distinguished Artist or Lecturer Series

University of Georgia

April 17–18, 2017



Locker Room Talk: Pussies, Guns, and Video Gaymers

Keynote Address, Susan B. Anthony Institute, Annual Rainbow Lecture

March 28, 2017 (University of Texas at Austin)

April 13, 2017 (University of Rochester)

Music and the Measures of Life


University of Michigan

April 12, 2017


The Curious Incident of the Millionaire Busker in the Daytime

Music Department Colloquium

Tufts University

April 10, 2017



Sonic Cinema: Sounding Resistance

"Serious Games: Sound, Torture, and Acoustemologies of Violence"

Princeton University (with Suzanne Cusick, Maria Zuazu, Amy Herzog), films of Harun Farocki

April 4, 2017



The Musicological Mystique

Lecture cosponsored by Gender-Sexuality Center, the Center for Women's and Gender Studies, and Voices Against Violence

University of Texas at Austin

March 31, 2017


Alien Musicology: Britney Spears, Cyberleaks, and Our Obsession with Public Shaming

Society for American Music Annual Meeting

Montreal, Quebec

March 22–25, 2017


Twelve Pro Tricks Musicians DON'T Want You to Know. You Won't Believe Number 8!

Keynote Address, 20th Annual GSIM Conference

CUNY Graduate Center

March 10–11, 2017


Faculty Roundtable: Academia, Responsibility, and the Movement for Black Lives

"Black Lives Matter: Music, Race, and Justice"

Annual Conference of Harvard Graduate Music Forum, Cambridge MA

February 3, 2017


Engaging Your Senses in the Practice of Medicine

Geisel School of Medicine

Dartmouth College

February 8, 2017



For the Love of Music: Inspiration, Disability, Voice

Family Fellows Weekend

Dartmouth College

February 25, 2017

Inspiration Porn: a Classroom Quandary

American Musicological Society Annual Meeting

Vancouver, British Columbia

November 3, 2016

The Next 10 Years: Sharing Our Voices

MedU Plenary

Dartmouth College

October 21, 2016


Aching for Repair: Piano, Prose, Impasse

Music Department Colloquium Series

Cornell University

April 14, 2016


Care-Oriented Musicology

Musicology Symposium Series

Eastman School of Music / University of Rochester

April 7, 2016


Music & Disability Panel

with Stephanie Jensen-Moulton, Jeannette Jones, Nancy Newman

Clark University

April 6, 2016


What if Music Isn't Sex?

Music Department Colloquium Series

New York University

March 31, 2016




Steven Larson Distinguished Lecture Series

University of Oregon

March 29, 2016 

Sound Cannons Versus Black Lives in Ferguson, New York, and Baltimore

Society for American Music, 42nd Annual Conference

Boston, MA (Hyatt Regency Cambridge)

March 11, 2016

Sounding Good: Musicology, Rhetoric, Repair

American Musicological Society, 81st Annual Conference

Louisville, KY

November 12, 2015


Hearing Good

Keynote, 19th Midwest Graduate Music Consortium

Northwestern University

April 17, 2015



Blind Judgments: Music, Merit, Myth

Society for American Music, 41st Annual Conference

Sacramento, CA

March 5, 2015

Staging Overcoming

American Musicological Society, 80th Annual Conference

Milwaukee, WI

November 7, 2014



Fake-Bit Fantasies

Keynote, Ludomusicology Conference

University of Chichester

April 11, 2014