Dr. Brandon Konoval

Instructor, Music Theory


Old Auditorium 206B
Tel. 604-822-5687

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Dr. Brandon Konoval joined the faculty of the UBC School of Music in 1998 and is cross-appointed with the UBC Arts One Program, where he teaches humanities and intellectual history, with a particular focus on the history and philosophy of science. He works on the relationship between music and early modern science, and on the philosophical genealogies of inequality, morality, and sexuality, as developed by Rousseau, Nietzsche, and Foucault. His research has appeared in Annals of Science, Perspectives on Science, and Nietzsche-Studien, and he contributed a chapter on Foucault and music to Foucault on the Arts and Letters: Perspectives for the 21st Century (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016).

His forthcoming articles for Modern Intellectual History address Rousseau and Foucault through their respective use of classical sources, and he is currently exploring the relationship between teaching in the humanities and the modern research-intensive university, from a historical perspective framed by Weber and Veblen, and in light of Foucault’s analysis of neoliberalism. He has presented papers 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, the Columbia History of Science Group, the International Society for Intellectual History, and the Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science. 


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


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