Steven Moon

  • Graduate Student, Ethnomusicology

A PhD candidate in ethnomusicology, my work focuses broadly on the relationship between sound and science. I earned my MA at Pitt with a thesis titled "Listening, Elsewhere: Enacting Affective Exodus in Gay Azerbaijan," which explores the lives and listening practices of college-aged gay men in Baku, Azerbaijan, and elucidates the relationship between gender and technological embodiment. Currently, my work traces a genealogy of sonic-scientific inquiry from medieval Islamist thought to contemporary technologies and experiments of the senses, asking: 1) how Western conceptions of the sound/body relationship are dispersed through scientific imperialism, and 2) how the excavation of early Islamic thought might reconfigure scientific approaches to the study of hearing and sound. I have presented at regional and national meetings of SEM and AMS on popular music, critical race theory, and queer theory. I have twice received the Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship, as well as the Critical Language Scholarship, for Turkish study. An article on Azerbaijan, cell phones, and listening is forthcoming in Etnomüzikoloji Dergisi, the journal of the Association of Ethnomusicology in Turkey.