Lecture by Anahid Kassabian

On Thursday 21st of June, the researcher Anahid Kassabian will hold the third lecture in the KlangDenken-lecture series here at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin as part of the special focus on Auditory Culture & Sound Studies at the program. The title of her lecture is:

Ubiquitous Listening


Anahid Kassabian will outline both the absolute necessity of and the challenges for developing the study of ubiquitous music. On the one hand, it should be central to almost all studies of music and of subjectivity/ies, and on the other hand, most recognised methodologies cannot address the complexities of how we listen in most everyday contexts. Kassabian will draw on a range of cases, from films to viral videos to retail and private spaces in order to show that our means for studying non-conscious reception of music in particular (and culture in general) present serious theoretical challenges.


Anahid Kassabian’s research and teaching focus on ubiquitous music; music, sound, and moving images; listening; disciplinarity; music and new technologies, especially games, virtual worlds, and pervasive computing; and music and media scholarship drawing on feminist and postcolonial theories. Anahid has recently completed a co-edited volume called Ubiquitous Musics, with Marta García Quiñones (University of Barcelona) and Elena Boschi (University of Liverpool) with Ashgate. Her next book, Ubiquitous Listening: Affect, Attention, and Distributed Subjectivities, is forthcoming with University of California Press in 2013.


Humboldt-Universität zu Belrin
Institut für Kulturwissenschaft
Georgenstr. 47
Room 0.07