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Robin James

Running, Breathing, and the Choreosonics of Singing

People always talk about using BPM to help with their workouts, but to me that’s only a fraction of what I rely on music for when I run. Ever since I read Ashon Crawley’s discussion of “choreosonics”–sounds and the choreographics......

My Contribution to PopCon Critical Karaoke 2018

I’m thrilled to participate in this year’s critical karaoke session at PopCon. I’m doing L7’s “Pretend We’re Dead.” I’m publishing my talk here so people can follow along on Saturday. This song was my teenage anthem. Da-da, da-da, da-da Always......

Feminist Theory Week 11: Stoever, Carson, & Plato on the body-voice relationship

It’s nearing the end of the semester, so we’re covering stuff I’ve already written a lot about (look at that expert course planning, making sure my prep is light when I’m overextended and exhausted!). First, here is a piece on......

On the feminine in Jankelevitch’s “Music & the Ineffable” & what this has to do with Levinas’s “Totality and Infinity”

I’m working on a piece about the relationship between Vladimir Jankelevitch’s Music and the Ineffable and Levinas’s Totality and Infinity, which were both published the same year; Jankelevitch was an evaluator for the dissertation that later became Totality & Infinity.......

Feminist Theory Week 8: Social Identities, Algorithmic Identities, & Trans Credit Reporting

After a few weeks off for lit review projects, I’m back blogging my way through the readings for my grad seminar on Feminist Theory. This week we read Linda Alcoff on social identities, John Cheney-Lippold on algorithmic identities, & Lars......

Some thoughts on Cox’s apologia for “sonic materialism”

I have some initial thoughts on Christoph Cox’s defense of the “ontological turn” in sound studies aka sonic new materialism or realism newly out in parallax. This is all very initial and mainly note-taking for me to return to once......

My Paper for PopCon 2018: Gender & Private Property in 21st c Pop

Here’s the text of my talk for PopCon next Saturday. For those of you who have been following along my write-ups for my feminist theory grad class this semester, some of this will be drawn from and/or resonant with that......

Feminist Theory Week 10: Stallings & Royster on trans aesthetics in Rihanna, Michael Jackson, & Grace Jones

Describing a “turn away from the political world’s emphasis on movement (or a movement) as buttressed by walks and marches and turn to the party’s articulation of movement” (179), Stallings challenges us to rethink common concepts of political movement. Though......

Feminist Theory Week 9: Stallings “Funk The Erotic”

I’m blogging my way through the course texts for my grad feminist theory seminar. This week, it’s L.H. Stallings’s Funk the Erotic. As we have learned from Federici, Pateman, and Murphy, contemporary Western concepts of the body are grounded in......

New Project Notes: 97X/WOXY Book

I just finished drafting The Sonic Episteme, so now I’m figuring out what’s next. This is one of the large-scale projects (probably a book) that is in the queue:   “The future of rock n roll”–most people know this phrase......
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