Jeremy Begbie (Cambridge/Duke)
Rosamund Oates (Manchester Metropolitan)
William Tullett (Anglia Ruskin)
Richard Williams (SOAS)
This roundtable takes up our network's agenda of debating and understanding practices of audition by discussing historical listening practices in sacred contexts. From a variety of disciplinary perspectives, our contributors will ask how one might go about reconstructing listening practices of the past, what particular challenges a 'sacred' setting might pose, and what such an inquiry might contribute to wider debates in sound studies, cultural history, theology or sonic anthropology.
About the Speakers
Jeremy Begbie is the Thomas A. Langford Distinguished Professor of Theology at Duke University. He teaches systematic theology, and he specialises in the interface between theology and the arts. He is also Senior Member at Wolfson College, and an Affiliated Lecturer in the Faculty of Music at the University of Cambridge. His books include Theology, Music and Time (CUP) and Music, Modernity and God (OUP).
Dr Rosamund Oates is a Reader in Early Modern History at Manchester Met, specialising in the social and cultural aspects of the Reformation. In Moderate Radical: Tobie Matthew and the English Reformation (OUP, 2018), she examined the influence of Puritanism in the Tudor and Stuart churches, focussing on reading practices and preaching. She now works on preaching cultures and the history of deafness in early modern Europe.
Dr William Tullett is a Lecturer in History at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge. His first book, Smell in Eighteenth-Century England: A Social Sense, was published in the Past and Present series with Oxford University Press in 2019. He is currently working on sound in the eighteenth and nineteenth-century city. His most recent article, in the Journal of British Studies , was on the ‘Emotional Politics of Bells in Eighteenth-Century England’. He is also working on a new book project on smell in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Britain.
Dr Richard David Williams is Lecturer in Ethnomusicology at SOAS University of London. Having originally studied Theology and then Modern South Asian Studies at the University of Oxford, his research brings music and sound studies into conversation with the study of religion and Indian cultural history. He works across a range of themes relating to early modern and colonial north India, including Hindustani music, Hindi and Bengali musicology, and aesthetics.
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