Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy
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Robin James

SPEP 2017 Talk: Philosophies or Phonographies?: on the political stakes of theorizing about and through “music”

Here is the full text of my talk for the 2017 SPEP meeting. I’ve printed the introduction below. Traditionally, in Anglo-American and Continental philosophy, music is addressed as the object of philosophical analysis: it is either a case study for......

An Update

2017 brings some big life changes for me, so I thought I’d update everyone on what’s happening and how that’s affecting my work. My partner will be starting a teaching gig at a prep school in Connecticut this fall. This......

IASPM-International Monday Keynote Talk

I’m giving the opening keynote at IASPM-International this Monday the 26th June. Here’s the full text of the talk....

A Few Radio Appearances

I did some longform radio appearances this spring. Here is an interview I did on Southern Wonder, a program on Charlotte Community Radio. I talked mostly about my research and writing. Here is my appearance on NPR’s On Point, discussing......

Chill Pop & Feminine Excess–A “Sign Of The Times”

In the early 2010s, neoliberalism’s demand to intensify risk and maximize reward had pop culture riding a maximalist high.[1] People wore tshirts and baseball hats emblazoned with neon “YOLO”s (You Only Live Once) and listened to a seemingly endless number......

Introduction to The Sonic Episteme, v 2.2

I have a full draft of the whole book, and I’ve just finished revising the introduction to reflect all the changes and additions I made over the summer. It has a more nuanced version of the argument, and a full......

revised intro for my chapter on new materialism

Back in 2014 I started working on this book chapter about feminist new materialism. I was trying to figure out what’s at stake in new materialist theorists’ widespread adoption of acoustic or acoustic-like metaphors: resonance, vibration, diffraction, etc. Here’s the......

Groningen Talk

On Friday the 23rd of June I’ll be talking at the University of Groningen. Here’s the text of the talk. It’s a significantly revised version of the talk I gave at NYU in April that clarifies more of what’s going......

Protocols–A post on pedagogy

Most of my posts are about research, but this is a post about pedagogy. This semester in my Theories of Sound & Music course, I tried out a kind of assignment that I was assigned as an undergraduate and graduate......

Philosophy, Private Property, and Sound

This is a quick post; I’m sure I’ll come back to it later. However, I have some thoughts I want to capture before they’re gone.   After reading and teaching Ashon Crawley’s Blackpentecostal Breath, I’ve been thinking a lot about......
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