How can we conceptualise a future for the humanities that respects and honours the need for decolonisation but does not set out only from a basis in critical identity politics, and that retains a concern for progressive leaps in epistemology? In this lecture, with reference to a program of planetary anthropological research on the digitization of music in the global South and North, Georgina Born outlines a set of ambitious conceptual and methodological principles for the future humanities centred on relational and interdisciplinary, yet still critical, perspectives. Such reflexive principles open out hopeful vistas beyond the fundamental impasses dogging the inherited, traditional disciplines.
Guest: Georgina Born is Professor of Anthropology and Music at UCL (University College London) and was previously an experimental musician. Her work combines ethnographic and theoretical writings on music, sound, interdisciplinarity, and digital media. She directed the ERC research program ‘Music, Digitization, Mediation’, has been visiting professor at UC Berkeley and Princeton, McGill and Oslo Universities, and is now directing the ERC program ‘Music and AI: Building Critical Interdisciplinary Studies’