Andrew Hicks: "Listening Otherwise in Classical Persian Literature"
This lecture is free and open to the public.
Andrew Hicks is Associate Professor in the Department of Music at Cornell University. His research focuses on the intellectual history of early musical thought from a cross-disciplinary perspective that embraces philosophical, cosmological, scientific and grammatical discourse in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages, and spans the linguistic and cultural spheres of Latin, Greek, Persian, and Arabic. His first book, "Composing the World: Harmony in the Medieval Platonic Cosmos" (Oxford University Press, 2017), won the ASCAP Foundation Deems Taylor/Virgil Thomson book award (2018) and the Society for Music Theory's Emerging Scholar book award (2018).
Hicks won the 2018 Berlin Prize from the American Academy in Berlin for research on his next book, titled "The Broken Harp: Listening Otherwise in Classical Persian Literature."
He is the Director of the Program in Medieval Studies, a member of the Graduate Fields of Classics, Near Eastern Studies, the Religious Studies Program, affiliated with the Carl Sagan Institute, and the House Professor-Dean of Hans Bethe House at Cornell University. He regularly leads graduate seminars in the history of music theory, medieval Latin literature, Latin paleography and codicology, medieval cosmology, philosophical commentaries, and musical thought in medieval Arabo-Persian cultures, and he teaches undergraduate courses in music history and theory. He is co-editor of the Journal of Musicology, associate editor of the Journal of Medieval Latin, and is on the editorial board of TEAMS and the board of directors of the Westfield Center for Historical Keyboard Studies. He is the co-founder of the History of Music Theory Study Group of the AMS, is on the board of the Music and Philosophy Study Group of the AMS, and serves on the advisory board for Music and Late Medieval European Court Cultures (an ERC funded project at the University of Oxford).