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Public Lecture Series with Dr. Anahid Kassabian

The Department of Communications Studies & Multimedia, Department of English & Cultural Studies, and Graduate Program in Gender Studies & Feminist Research are pleased to announce talks by

Dr. Anahid Kassabian, Harry Lyman Hooker Visiting Professor



Free Public Lecture: “From Awkward to Insecure, or from YouTube to HBO: How African American Women Are Changing the ‘Everyday’ of Television Scoring”

Monday, 13 November, 12:00-2:00 p.m., Gilmour Hall 111, Council Chambers

Reception to follow

In 2011, Issa Rae changed the world for African American women in audiovisual media, no less than Shonda Rhimes had done before her. When The Misadventures of an Awkward Black Girl premiered on YouTube, it went viral almost instantly, leading eventually to the HBO sitcom Insecure. In this paper, I will discuss some of the sound and music practices Insecure has challenged in just two seasons, with a focus on the main character and her rapping.


Graduate Seminar: Ubiquitous Listening: Affect, Attention, and Distributed Subjectivity

Wednesday, November 15, 3-5 p.m., Sherman Centre, Mills Library

Discuss the introduction and chapter 1 from this groundbreaking book with Dr. Kassabian. **Please contact Christina Baade ( for a copy of the reading


Free Public Lecture: “The (Interdisciplinary) Future of Musicology”

Thursday, 16 November, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

MDCL 2232

Musicology as a discipline faces some significant challenges at the current moment, as do many of the less populous disciplines in the humanities. Given the difficulties of funding, decreasing enrollments in many departments, and the still widespread focus on a relatively small geographical and historical area of study, it could seem that music might be on its way out of most universities. I will argue that there is another way forward.


Anahid Kassabian’s research focuses on sound studies and music in audiovisual media, crossing media studies, music, and other disciplines. Her books, Hearing Film: Tracking Identification in Contemporary Hollywood Film Music and Ubiquitous Listening: Affect, Attention, and Distributed Subjectivity, broke new ground in film and sound studies respectively, and her co-edited collections, Keeping Score: Music, Disciplinarity, Culture (with David Schwarz) and Ubiquitous Musics: The everyday sounds that we don’t always notice (with Elena Boschi and Marta García Quiñones) have helped articulate significant new areas of research. She is a past editor of Music, Sound, and the Moving Image and of Journal of Popular Music Studies, and a past chair of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music. She has taught in Media Studies, Music, Women’s Studies, Literary Studies, and Middle East Studies programs and departments.


All are welcome! For more information: email Christina Baade (