Music Studies Colloquium: Neil Verma (Northwestern University: Screamlines: Anatomy and Geology of Radio
Colloquium | March 1 | 4:30 p.m. | 128 Morrison Hall
Neil Verma is assistant professor in Radio/Television/Film. He teaches in the Screen Cultures PhD program and the MA program in Sound Arts and Industries, where he is also associate director. He is author of Theater of the Mind: Imagination, Aesthetics, and American Radio Drama (Chicago, 2012), winner of the Best First Book Award from the Society for Cinema and Media Studies. He is co-editor of Anatomy of Sound: Norman Corwin and Media Authorship (California, 2016), winner of the Best Moving Image Book Award from the Kraszna-Krausz Foundation. Verma has published articles on topics from film history and television sound to experimental listening and podcasting in such journals as Critical Quarterly, the Journal of American Studies, the Journal of Sonic Studies, RadioDoc Review, Recherches sémiotiques / Semiotic Inquiry, and Velvet Light Trap. He has contributed chapters to books about literary history, voice studies, sound studies and film noir, among other subjects. Verma is currently working on a co-edited anthology about sound in the South Asian context tentatively titled Indian Sound Cultures, Indian Sound Citizenship. He is also writing a book on narrative podcasting and experimental radio. Verma is the co-recipient of a 2017 Digital Humanities Advancement grant from the NEH to develop digital tools for vocal analysis, focusing on the radio archive of Orson Welles. He is Co-Network Director for the Radio Preservation Task Force at the Library of Congress, and founder of the Great Lakes Association for Sound Studies (GLASS). He holds a PhD from the University of Chicago, where he was also a Harper-Schmidt Postdoctoral Fellow from 2010-14.