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BIOGRAPHY 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 and co-editor of The Journal of Popular Music Studies. She is author of three books. The Sonic Episteme: acoustic resonance & post-identity biopolitics is forthcoming from Duke University Press in fall 2019. 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 Guardian, The New Inquiry, Noisey, popula, SoundingOut!, Hypatia, differences, Contemporary Aesthetics, and the Journal of Popular Music Studies. She loves dogs, gardening, running, and face-melting industrial techno.  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. The most current version of Robin’s CV.  

CURRENT RESEARCH I just finished a book that shows how people across the academy and pop culture use ideas of acoustic resonance to translate the math behind neoliberalism & biopolitics — and the relations of inequality that math creates and polices — into non-quantitative terms. Right now I’m working on a few article-length projects: one on a sonic cyberfeminist theory of oppression, one on the little melodies smart household appliances sing us, and one on why “who cleans up after others?” is a more important question for political philosophy than “who governs others?.” I’m also beginning some research on The B-52s Cosmic Thing and on shifting concepts of the future in politics and pop music aesthetics.   

Contact Robin:  @doctaj rjames7 AT uncc DOT edu