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Joseph Adam Milutis
HUM 595
Seattle Campus

Public Culture, Engaged Scholarship

Explores relations among cultural research, public practice, and diverse forms of engagement. Topics vary by instructor.

Class description

Sound Cultures A historical, critical, artistic and philosophical approach to sound—-both conceived broadly in its cultural manifestations, and in selected artistic realms—-through a survey of significant literature from the cultural studies of sound. Areas of inquiry may include histories of sound technology, radio and sound art, sound and identity, history of film sound, acoustic ecology, sound and public space, sampling culture and intellectual property, electronic music, the politics of performance, and the question of noise. Readings will be both various full-length works (Attali’s _Noise_ or Koestenbaum’s _The Queen’s Throat_, for example) and selections of essays. Pending time and interest, there may also be some practicums in sound technology. COURSE WILL BE HELD ON THE UW MAIN CAMPUS AT THE SIMPSON CENTER.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Graduate seminar, round table discussion.

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

Participants should expect to produce a single research paper, as well as make oral presentation(s) to the class.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Joseph Adam Milutis
Date: 04/12/2009