James Currie

Associate Professor of Music

Historical Musicology

Ph.D. Columbia University

306 Baird Hall
University at Buffalo
Buffalo, NY 14260

tel: (716) 645-0629
fax: (716) 645-3824
James Currie

Book Projects

Music and the Politics of Negation. In Robert Hatten's series, "Musical Meaning and Interpretation," Indiana University Press (forthcoming, Spring 2012).

"A Time to Forget: Music and Context in a Troubled Time. " Work in progress


Articles & Essays

"Another Music, A Time to Forget: Reflections on Edward Said's Late Style," Contemporary Music (forthcoming)

"The Music Without Expression," in Mine Doganten-Dack and Anothony Gritten, eds. , Music and Value Judgment, Indiana University Press (forthcoming)

"The Prima Donna's Art of Politics," in Rachel Cowgill and Hilary Poriss, eds. , Arts of the Prima Donna in the Long Nineteenth Century (Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming)

"Music and Politics," in Theodore Gracyk and Andrew Kania, eds. , The Routledge Companion to Philosophy and Music (London: Routledge, 2011).

"Music after All," Journal of the American Musicological Society, vol. 62, no. 1 (Spring 2009), 145-203.

Author has been interviewed about the article by the feminist philosopher Andrea Spain in the online curatorial project, Trickhouse: www.trickhouse.org/vol7/interview/jamiecurrie.html.

"Musicology after Identity—Four Fragments," Women and Music, vol. 12 (2008), 87-93.

"Garden Disputes: Postmodern Beauty and the Sublime Neighbor (a Response to Judith Lochead)," Women and Music, vol. 12 (2008), 75-86

"Waiting for the Viennese Classics," Musical Quarterly, vol. 90, no. 1 (Spring, 2007), 123-166.

"Spookier than Spooky," review essay of Paul D Miller's (aka DJ Spooky, That Subliminal Kid), Rhythm Science, in Popular Music, vol. 26, no. 3 (2007), 505-512.

"Impossible Reconciliations (Barely Heard)," review essay of Matthew Riley's Music Listening in the German Enlightenment: Attention, Wonder, and Astonishment, in Music and Letters, vol. 88, no. 1 (February, 2007), 121-133.

Andrew Bowie's Music, Philosophy, and Modernity (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007), in Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews (online journal), 4000-word review, http://ndpr.nd.edu.

"Postmodern Mozart and the Politics of the Mirror," Mozart Studies, edited by Simon P. Keefe. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006), 214-242.

"Adorno and Now the Act," book review article of Berthold Hoeckner's Programming the Absolute: Nineteenth-Century German Music and the Hermeneutics of the Moment, in Nineteenth-Century Music Review (2006), vol. 3, no. 1, 115-121.

"Splinters in the Eye: Interpreting Webern's Bach Transcription," Journal of Musicological Research 20 (2002), 167-195.


Selected Papers & Presentations

"Forgetting in a Troubled Time: Music and Politics at the End of Modernity. " Invited keynote address—Stony Brook Graduate Conference, February 2012.

"Edward Said's Late Politics of Forgetting and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra. " Invited—Association for the Study of Arts of the Present, Pittsburgh, October 2011.

"Disciplines of Forgetting; Remembering Music. " Invited—Colloquium Series. Cambridge University (UK), Department of Music. May 2011.

"When Edward Said Forgets. " Invited—Socarts Sympositum (Sociology of the Arts Research Group—based at the University of Exeter): "Music—Conflict—Transformation. " Department of Sociology, University of Exeter (UK). May 2011.

Concluding Roundtable Discussion Panel (Chaired by Steven Pond. Other participants: Kwame Dixon, Judith Peraino, Ellen Koskoff). Invited—"Music, Gender, and Globalization Conference. " Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. April 2011.

"Identity and Dialectics in an age of Globalization. " Seminar that I gave at the beginning of the conference "Music, Gender and Globalization. " Cornell University. April 2011.

"That Sinking Feeling. " Invited—"New Directions in Musical Aesthetics: The Twentieth Century and Beyond"—a one-day symposium on contemporary music, technology, politics, and interpretation. Butler School of Music, University of Texas at Austin. February, 2011.

"Silent Threats, Transcendent Phenomenon—Beethoven Afloat. " Invited—"Phenomenology of Music. " Institute of Musical Research, University of London (UK), School of Advanced Study. February, 2011.

"Vladimir Jankélévitch's Philosophy of Music. " A panel sponsored by the AMS Music and Philosophy Study Group: Michael Gallope, James Hepokoski, Judith Lochead, Michael Puri, Steven Rings, James Currie, Carolyn Abbate (respondent). American Musicological Society, Annual Meeting, Indianapolis, Indiana, November, 2010.

"Dislocating Musical Ethics: Said, Barenboim, and the Limits of Belonging. " American Musicological Society, Annual Meeting, Indianapolis, Indiana, November 2010.

"Nowhere Here: Dislocating Musical Ethics. " Invited—The Gothenburg Musicology Conference, Sweden: "Burning Issues in Musicology. " August, 2010.

"No Music. " Invited—Colloquium Series, Department of English, University of Western Illinois. February 2008

"The Politics of Negation. " Invited guest lecture in Dr David Banash's "Marxism and Critical Theory" class. Department of English, University of Western Illinois. February 2008.

"Sexuality, Gender and the Political Agency of Musical Identities. " Feminist Theory and Music 9: Speaking Out of Place, McGill University, Montreal, Canada. June, 2007.

"Examples of Excess. " Collision Symposium: Inter-arts Research and Practices, University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. September, 2006.

"Art and Negotiation in the Work of Modernity: Divas and the Democracy to Come. " Invited Symposium: "Staging the Feminine: The Arts of the Prima Donna, 1720-1920," Leeds University, UK July 2006

"Musicology (in tempo di guerra). " Colloquium Series, Tulane University, New Orleans. March 2006

"The Context of Freedom and the Antinomies of the New Musicology. " "Music's Intellectual History: Founders, Followers and Fads" First Conference of the Répetoire International de Littérature Musicale, City University of New York Graduate Center. March, 2005.

"Where there is Nothing Definitely to Find. " Colloquium Series, Department of Music, University of Western Ontario, Canada. March 2005

"Regulative Critical Principle or Empirical Reality? Schoenberg's Atonal Music and its Object of Desire. " Royal Music Association, 40th Annual Conference, Birmingham, UK. November, 2004

"Surface Depth: Towards a Stylistic Analysis of Schoenberg's Op. 19, No. 1. " Hull University Music Analysis Conference (Society for Music Analysis), University of Hull, UK. July, 2003.

"Not Stylish, Done with Style: Schoenberg's Op. 19 No.1 and the Depths of Appearance. " The Third Biennial International Conference on Twentieth-Century Music, University of Nottingham, UK. June, 2003

"Physiognomic Traces: Redeeming Webern's Style from Genealogical Cleanliness. " 17th Congress of the International Musicological Society, Leuven, Belgium. August, 2002.

"Far Away/Here: Unmasking Metaphysical Illusions in Schubert's 'In der Ferne'. " Twelfth International Conference on Nineteenth-Century Music, Leeds, UK. July, 2002.

"Sirens: On the Seductive Appearance of the Heiliger Dankgesang. " American Musicological Society, Annual Meeting, Atlanta, Georgia. November 2001.

"'Vitellia is' (Re)Presented. "Feminist Theory and Music 6: Confluence and Divide," Boise State University, Idaho. July, 2001.

"'Viva la libertà': An Investigation into Tensions in the Interactions between Musical Signs in Late Eighteenth-Century Music. " "Signs, Music, Society—A Transdisciplinary Colloquium," Institute for Socio-Semiotic Studies, Vienna, Austria. March, 1999.

"Style or Idea? Webern's Orchestration of Bach's Six-Part Ricercar and the Problem of Historical Interpretation. " American Bach Society, University of California, Berkeley. April, 1996.