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Message posted on 04/03/2019

Centre for Digital Anthropology Annual Lecture - Prof. Georgina Born

Hello All,

To celebrate its tenth anniversary, the UCL Centre for Digital Anthropology
is holding its first Annual Lecture, followed by a reception, on 20th March
at 5pm, at the Institute for Advanced Studies, UCL, London.

The lecture will be given by Prof. Georgina Born, from Oxford University,
on "Digital Anthropology, Refracted Musically". Please see below for more

All welcome and attendance is free, but please register:

Hope to see some of you there!

Best wishes,

Digital Anthropology, Refracted Musically: Where Are We and Where to Next?

Professor Georgina Born, Oxford University

Digital anthropology has expanded hugely in the ten years since the start
of UCL’s programme. Its tenth anniversary affords a good opportunity for
‘medium’ work: being in the middle of events and charting how the field
developed and how it might go forward. If UCL’s programme reinvigorates UCL
Anthropology’s long-standing commitments to social anthropology and
material culture studies, are there aspects of the digital condition that
elude these approaches? How much should digital anthropology itself be
interdisciplinary and engage, for example, with digital methods or digital
culture studies? And can digital anthropology lead in appraising
theoretical perspectives like ANT and the new materialisms? Some of these
questions will be probed in my lecture which, taking as its ethnographic
focus a group of ERC-funded studies of digital music cultures worldwide,
addresses anew a series of issues: sociality, politics and ontology,
materiality, time and aesthetics. Music, it will be proposed, refracts
digital anthropology in ways that augur new directions for our nascent


Georgina Born is Professor of Music and Anthropology at Oxford University.
She trained in Anthropology at UCL in the 1980s, working at the same time
as a musician with Henry Cow, the Feminist Improvising Group, Derek
Bailey’s Company and as a member of the London Musicians’ Collective. Her
work combines ethnographic and theoretical writings on music, sound,
digital media, television and public broadcasting. Her books include
Culture: IRCAM, Boulez, and the Institutionalization of the Musical
, Interdisciplinarity, Music, Sound and Space, and
and Social Aesthetics
. A double issue of Contemporary Music Review is
just out on the theme of ‘Music, Mediation Theories and Actor-Network
Theory’. A 2018 article ‘From microsound to vaporwave: Internet-mediated
musics, online methods, and genre’ (co-authored with Christopher Haworth))
used ethnography and digital methods to analyse online music cultures. She
directs the ERC-funded research program ‘Music, Digitization, Mediation:
Towards Interdisciplinary Music Studies’ and has held visiting
professorships at UC Berkeley, McGill, Oslo and Aarhus Universities. She
chairs the Culture, Media and Performance Section of the British Academy.
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