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What Does Listening to Music Mean?

Scholars from Around the World to Discuss Music and Human Experience at Duquesne

Scholars from across North America and Europe will convene at Duquesne University for one of the first-ever formal discussions of music and phenomenology at the Simon Silverman Phenomenology Center's 29th annual symposium.

Phenomenology is the philosophical study of how human beings experience being in the world-not the scientific study of their world, but the experiences of people that embrace the complex human experience.

While phenomenology has traditionally examined verbal and visual experiences, the field is witnessing a shift toward aural, said Dr. Jeff McCurry, director of the center. "Our symposium will serve as one of the first attempts to understand how music might lead phenomenological inquiry in the 21st century. We will ask what the experience of listening to music truly means."

Music and Phenomenology will be held in the Power Center Ballroom from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 17, and Friday, March 18. The symposium will feature four presenters, each followed by a panel of scholar respondents. Each of the four papers that will be presented will explore the philosophical frontier of the phenomenological experience of music. Presenters include:

  • Dr. Dennis Schmidt, Pennsylvania State University, The Musical Idiom and the Movement of Life
  • Dr. Judith Lockhead, Stony Brook University, Music Places
  • Dr. Marcia Sá Cavalcante Schuback, University College of Södertörn, Sweden, Rhythm and Existence
  • Dr. John Sallis, Boston College, The Place of Music: On Heterogeneity in the Arts.

Music and Phenomenology is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. Contact phenomenology@duq.edu or 412.396.6038 with any questions.

Inspired by Dr. Amedeo Giorgi, the Simon Silverman Phenomenology Center was founded at Duquesne in 1980 and is named after Simon Silverman, the late president of Humanities Press and the center's first major benefactor. The center is renowned for its collections in phenomenological research and known widely for its annual symposium.

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