Cornell University

Musicology Colloquium: Jillian Marshall dissertation talk

Thursday, April 19, 2018 at 4:30pm

Lincoln Hall, 124
Dept of Music, 101 Lincoln Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853-4101, USA

Jillian Marshall presents a talk from her dissertation "Liner Notes: Aesthetics of Capitalism and Resistance in Contemporary Japanese Music"

Me, Myself, and I: Objectivity and the Ethnographic Vignette 

This presentation applies solipsistic philosophical theory to ethnographic writing, which grapples with issues of objectivity and representation of field experiences. In conversation with the fields of auto- and existential ethnography, I propose that solipsism -- the idea that objectivity is a fallacy, and that our perceptions govern all notions of reality -- can be effectively galvanized in the ethnographic vignette to capture key moments in the field, without assuming authority over them that would fundamentally replicate colonialist dynamics. Instead, I propose that field experiences can be understood as not as definitive realities experienced by the ethnographer, but rather as realities afforded to someone like her. In drawing this distinction, I hope to present a mode of theoretical writing that is at once entirely subjective and experiential, yet theoretically objective in its representation, ultimately allowing the audience to come to its own conclusions about these field encounters and the music they describe for themselves. 



Event Type

Lecture, Music


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