Professor Gurd will be spending 2018-2019 as a member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, working on a large-scale project called Auditory Culture in Greco-Roman Antiquity, an ongoing, multi-volume project which aims to document and interpret the cultural uses of sound in antiquity. Its subject matter includes all ancient attempts to theorize, manipulate, and exploit sound. An inherently interdisciplinary undertaking, it works with insights drawn from social history, the history of science, theoretical aesthetics, media studies, musicology, literature, and archaeology, and it interfaces with cognate projects in many other humanities disciplines. His major focus next year will be auditory culture in the Hellenistic and Republican periods as it is expressed in music, poetry, philosophy, aesthetics, and architecture.
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