Here’s a the bio that I usually send out upon request, so please feel free to use this:
Robin James is Associate Professor of Philosophy at UNC Charlotte. She is author of two and a half books. The Sonic Episteme: acoustic resonance & post-identity biopolitics is under contract with Duke University Press. She also wrote Resilience & Melancholy: pop music, feminism, and neoliberalism (Zero, 2015), and The Conjectural Body: gender, race and the philosophy of music was published by Lexington Books in 2010. Her work on feminism, race, contemporary continental philosophy, pop music, and sound studies has appeared in The New Inquiry, Noisey, SoundingOut!, Hypatia, differences, Contemporary Aesthetics, and the Journal of Popular Music Studies. You can listen to recordings of some of her lectures here. She is also a digital sound artist and musician, and also works as a member of citation:obsolete. She loves dogs, gardening, running, and face-melting industrial techno.
I’m in the middle of writing a manuscript titled (for now) The Sonic Episteme. It argues that the various phenomena we generally identify as “neoliberal”–neoliberal political economy, post-identity biopolitics, predictive analytics/algorithmic culture, even new materialist theory and string theory–all share an underlying epistemology and ontology. They’re all theories and/or practices of dynamic emergence, and when theorized, that emergence is typically explained as a type of acoustic resonance. Because Modernity’s epistemology and ontology is widely understood to be visual (think about Foucault’s Order of Things–it’s an account of modernity’s episteme that begins with an analysis of a painting about the gaze), sonic epistemologies and ontologies feel “neo-” and “post-” Modernity’s visuality. Theorists’ move from visual to sonic metaphors both marks and performs the move past Modernity, the move that makes neoliberalism “neo-“. Most theorists think acoustic resonance fixes Modernity’s problems–patriarchy, white supremacy, conceptual abstraction. However, political ontologies modeled on acoustic resonance naturalize the relationships and practices that post-identity biopolitics uses to organize and manage white supremacist patriarchy.
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