Dr. Brandon Konoval

Senior Instructor, Music Theory


Old Auditorium 206B
Tel. 604-822-5687

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I hold a cross-appointment at UBC in the School of Music, where I have taught since 1998, and in the Arts One Program, which I joined in 1999. My teaching and scholarly activities correspondingly reflect a longstanding commitment to interdisciplinary thought and research: these endeavors began with exploring the relationship between music and science—in particular, through the history and philosophy of science—and subsequently encompassed intellectual history and the humanities, as well as critical-historical studies of pedagogical institutions, methodologies, and genres.

Much of my research has engaged in two principal areas that both draw upon and directly contribute to the curricula I teach in Music and in Arts One: the relationship between music theory, mathematics, and early modern science; and the genealogies of inequality, morality, and sexuality, as developed by Rousseau, Nietzsche, and Foucault. This work has appeared in Annals of Science, Perspectives on Science, Modern Intellectual History, and Nietzsche-Studien, and I recently published a book chapter on Foucault and the pedagogy and performance of music in Foucault on the Arts and Letters: Perspectives for the 21st Century, which furthermore gave me a unique opportunity to critically reflect upon my own training as a musician and pianist. I have presented papers in these areas for conferences hosted by the American Musicological Society, the History of Science Society, the International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science, SCIENTIAE: Disciplines of Knowing in the Early Modern World, and the International Society for Intellectual History, among other organizations; I have also presented papers for conferences on teaching in the humanities, hosted by the University of King’s College (NS) and St. John’s College (NM).

My forthcoming publications address the pipe organ and the challenges it presented to Vincenzo Galilei and Marin Mersenne in developing a physico-mathematics for acoustic phenomena (Perspectives on Science); and the relationship between governmentality and sexuality in Michel Foucault’s published books and lectures of the mid-1970s (Modern Intellectual History). Current projects include assessing the role of the essay as a pedagogical instrument at the modern, research-intensive university, and a study of Weber’s sociology and genealogy of music for the Oxford Handbook of Max Weber.


Music theory and history, European intellectual and cultural history, history and philosophy of science.





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