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The Screen in Sound: Toward a Theory of Listening

Lecture | October 18 | 4-6 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall


Rey Chow, Anne Firor Scott Professor of Literature in Trinity College of Arts and Sciences, Duke University

Department of Gender and Women's Studies


This lecture is drawn from Rey Chow’s chapter in the anthology Sound Objects (Duke UP, forthcoming), ed. James A. Steintrager and Rey Chow. By foregrounding crucial connections among sound studies, poststructuralist theory, and contemporary acousmatic experiences, the lecture presents listening as a trans-disciplinary problematic through which different fields of study resonate in fascinating ways.

Rey Chow's research comprises theoretical, interdisciplinary, and textual analyses. Since her years as a graduate student at Stanford University, she has specialized in the making of cultural forms such as literature and film (with particular attention to East Asia, Western Europe, and North America), and in the discursive encounters among modernity, sexuality, postcoloniality, and ethnicity. Her book PRIMITIVE PASSIONS was awarded the James Russell Lowell Prize by the Modern Language Association. Before coming to Duke, she was Andrew W. Mellon Professor of the Humanities at Brown University, where she held appointments in the Departments of Comparative Literature, English, and Modern Culture and Media. In her current work, Chow is concerned with the legacies of poststructuralist theory (in particular the work of Michel Foucault), the politics of language as a postcolonial phenomenon, and the shifting paradigms for knowledge and lived experience in the age of visual technologies and digitial media.

Organized by: Department of Gender & Women’s Studies
Co-sponsored by: Department of Comparative Literature, Center for Chinese Studies, Department of Film Studies, Center for Race and Gender, Department of Rhetoric, and Media Studies.

Funding provided by: Chau Hoi Shuen Foundation Fund for Gender & Women’s Studies

this event is free and open to the public

The venue is wheelchair accessible. CART transcription and ASL interpretation can be provided with advance request to Gillian Edgelow (gilliane@berkeley.edu). Please refrain from wearing scented products.


gilliane@berkeley.edu