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STS/CSIS Food for Thought with Alexandra Lippman: "Sound Ethnography"

When May 19, 2016
from 12:00 PM to 01:30 PM
Where SS # 1246
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Please Join us for an STS/CSIS Food for Thought Event:

Thursday, May 19th - 12:00 noon - 1:30 in the STS/CSIS room (SS # 1246) 

with Davis Postdoctoral Fellow Alexandra Lippman

As usual, we will pre-circulate a text which will be briefly introduced, followed by an extensive discussion of the work. Food and refreshments will be provided!

Please RSVP with Joshua ( to receive a copy of the text! 


Sound Ethnography

What does anthropology sound like and how do anthropologists learn to listen? With these questions in mind, I founded the Sound Ethnography Project and invited colleagues to experiment with creating sonically informed ethnographies. I ask what a sound ethnography might be in their research and to contribute these experimentations on a collaborative website ( I challenge them to listen closely to their research and attempt to convey the roles played by sound in various fields, even those not explicitly about sound. Attempting to amplify the aural ambiance of research opens up scholarly inquiry to new ways of thinking that push us to experiment with new modes of scholarly transmission. With sound ethnography, the interaction between sound recordings, text, photographs, and maps produces what I call a resonant anthropology. In this chapter, I discuss the Sound Ethnography Project through modes of attention and attunement, situated listening, and the production of a resonant anthropology.

Alexandra Lippman is a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Innovating Communication in Scholarship project at the University of California, Davis and is affiliated with Science and Technology Studies and Anthropology. She holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of California, Irvine. Her primary research explores alternative intellectual property, popular music, and the politics of sound in Brazil. 

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