Elizabeth Alvarado

Elizabeth Avarado
lizhopkins@uchicago.edu
Advisor(s): Berthold Hoeckner

About

My research is guided by an interest in public forms of musical world-building—processes of story-telling, speculating, and fabricating that inform everyday experiences of reality. In my dissertation, “Songs of Science: Music and Worlding in Space-Age American Mass Media,” I analyze the role of sound within an emerging midcentury Space-Age vernacular to illuminate affinities between scientific epistemologies and affective ways of knowing. In related work, I trace geographical signifiers in musical forms, from audio-visual pairings in eco-documentaries to the rhetorical habits of modernist composers in the American desert southwest, asking how the utopian horizons they depict have real ecological consequences. More broadly, my research and teaching interests draw from sound studies, film studies, ecomusicology, race/gender/critical theory, and the digital humanities.

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Workshops

Sound and Society Workshop (co-coordinator, 2015)
Music Department Colloquium Series (student coordinator, 2014-2015)

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Teaching Experience

MUSI 10100: Introduction to Western Art Music (Instructor, Autumn 2014 and Spring 2016)
MUSI 20900: Listening to Movies (Course Assistant, Spring 2018 and 2019)
MUSI 12100: Introduction to Music in Western Civilization I (Course Assistant, Winter 2017)
MUSI 10400: Introduction to Music Analysis and Criticism (Course Assistant, Winter 2016)
MUSI 12100: Introduction to Music in Western Civilization I (Course Assistant, Winter 2014)
MUSI 12200:Introduction to Music in Western Civilization II (Course Assistant, Spring 2014)