Dr. Brandon Konoval
Senior Instructor, Music Theory
Old Auditorium 206B
I hold a cross-appointment with the UBC School of Music and the UBC Arts One program, where I have taught since 1999. My research engages with intellectual and cultural history, with particular attention to music studies in several domains, the history and philosophy of science and technology, and the history of political thought. Until recently, my work has focused on two principal areas: the relationship between music, mathematics, and early modern science; and the genealogies of inequality, morality, and sexuality developed by Rousseau, Nietzsche, and Foucault. My publications on these topics have appeared in Annals of Science, Perspectives on Science, Modern Intellectual History, Nietzsche-Studien, and most recently in I Tatti Studies in the Italian Renaissance. I have also been examining pedagogical institutions and methodologies through their associated genres in music and the humanities: I contributed a chapter on the piano étude to the volume, Foucault on the Arts and Letters: Perspectives for the 21st Century, and have written an article on the use of the essay at the research-intensive university, which appeared in the special 50th anniversary issue of Higher Education Review. Max Weber's work has also become a subject of particular interest for me, as well as an important critical resource: I recently completed a chapter on late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century sociology and genealogy of music for the Oxford Handbook of Max Weber, and I am currently exploring the emergence of, and prospects for 'educational leadership' as a vocation, in light of historical and critical perspectives framed both by Weber and by his contemporary, Thorstein Veblen.
AREAS OF INTEREST
Music theory and history, European intellectual and cultural history, history and philosophy of science.