Program on Science, Technology and Society at Harvard

Harvard Kennedy School of Government | Harvard University

Acoustic Justice: Workshop and Public Lecture with Veit Erlmann

December 6, 2017, 9:00am-7:30pm


December 6, 2017, 9:00am-5:00pm
Malkin Penthouse, Littauer Building, 5th Floor, Harvard Kennedy School

This workshop explores the juridical dimensions of sound and listening and the acoustic dimensions of law and justice. In addition to an ‘inner circle’ of presenting participants from a diverse range of disciplines – law, music, classics, sound studies, and STS – there is room in the conversation for up to twenty interested listeners. A full program for the event is available here, along with a representative text from some of the speakers. Because of the diversity of the group and in order to make the best use of our time, attendees are encouraged to read these texts in advance of the event.

RSVPs for the workshop are essential. Please send to before Friday, December 1st

The workshop will be followed by a public lecture from Professor Veit Erlmann (Endowed Chair of Music History at the University of Texas at Austin) entitled Circulating Evidence: Crime, Copyright and Sound Recordings.

Public lecture

December 6, 2017, 5.30-7.00pm
Littauer 280, Harvard Kennedy School

Veit Erlmann is a cultural historian / anthropologist / ethnomusicologist and the Endowed Chair of Music History at the University of Texas at Austin. His main areas of interest are music and popular culture in South Africa and Indonesia; sound studies; and the anthropology of intellectual property law. His books include Reason and Resonance. A History of Modern Aurality (Zone Books, 2010), Hearing Cultures: Essays on Sound, Listening and Modernity (Bloomsbury, 2004) and Music, Modernity and the Global Imagination: South Africa and the West (Oxford University Press, 1999). Currently he is working on a book on intellectual property in the South African creative industries that will be published by Duke University Press.

Acoustic Justice is co-sponsored by the Institute for International Law and the Humanities at Melbourne Law School and by the Institute for Global Law and Policy at Harvard Law School.