IMR Reading Group

 Classic Texts in Music and Culture

The IMR Research Training Reading Group is led by Prof Anahid Kassabian (University of Liverpool).


The rationale of the reading group is

  • to stimulate focused reading of classic texts on cultural and social theory
  • to provide dedicated time for postgraduates to discuss in depth the broad implications and applications of these writings across a variety of research topics in musicology (meeting twice per term at the IMR)
  • to create a sense of intellectual community and develop the research culture for postgraduates around the IMR

Forthcoming Sessions

Date Time Location Text
14 August 2014 3pm - 6pm Room G21A, Senate House Berlant - The Female Complaint [Part II] - Chap 7 / Carolyn Steedman’s Landscape for a Good Woman?
12 September 2014 2pm - 5pm Room 243, Senate House Spivak - Can the Subaltern Speak? CANCELLED
10 October 2014 2pm - 5pm Room 102, Senate House Jane Bennett - Vibrant Matter
14 November 2014 2pm - 5pm Room 102, Senate House Althusser - Ideology and Ideological State Apparatuses
                     Critiques of Interpellation
12 December 2014 2pm - 5pm Room 243, Senate House Stuart Hall on Interdisciplinarity: eg Emergence of Cultural Studies, Toad in the Garden, After Neoliberalism

The readings are available in advance. For further details please contact the series convener Anahid Kassabian on

Previous Sessions

  • Friday 29 October 2010 - The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction by Walter Benjamin
  • Tuesday 23 November 2010 - The Sexual Politics of Victorian Musical Aesthetics by Derek Scott
  • Friday 25 February 2011 - A Child is being Beaten by Sigmund Freud
  • Friday 1 April 2011 - Introduction to The Affective Turn by Patricia Clough
  • Friday 3 June 2011 - Introduction to Queer Voices by Freya Jarman
  • Friday 16 December 2011 - A Cyborg Manifesto by Donna Haraway
  • Friday 10 February 2012 - Myth Today from Mythologies by Roland Barthes
  • Friday 25 May 2012 - Scattered speculations on the Question of Value by Gayatri Spivak
  • Friday 8 June 2012 - Excerpts from Parables for the Virtual by Brian Massumi
  • Friday 30 November 2012 - Free Labor by Tiziana Terranova
  • Friday 24 May 2013 - Alien Phenomenology, or What it's Like to be a Thing, Ch. 1 'Alien Phenomenolgy' by Ian Bogost
  • Friday 14 June 2013 - Introduction and Conclusion of Ubiquitous Listening: Affect, Attention, and Distributed Subjectivity by Anahid Kassabian


To obtain the readings and for further details please contact Prof Anahid Kassabian at