Congratulations to Michael Heller, the editor of Jazz and Culture, on being named one of the 2018 American Council of Learned Society Fellows! The 2018 ACLS Fellowship was awarded to 78 recipients to [advance] humanistic studies in all fields of learning in the humanities and the social sciences and the maintenance and strengthening of relations among the national societies devoted to such studies.Heller’s project “Just Beyond Listening: Sound and Affect Outside of the Ear,”
…”explores multisensory sonic encounters that register as more than simple collisions between sound waves and eardrums. Instead, it looks at how sound functions in dialogue with a range of sensory and affective modalities, including physical co-presence, cultural memory, and spectral haunting. A series of case studies examines instances where sound is experienced in other parts of the body; where sound is altered by cross-wirings across the senses; where sound has been weaponized by military powers; or where sound is mediated and changed by cultural practices, individual memories, or sensations of place. The work expands upon recent scholarship in sound studies, musicology, affect theory, and media studies by asking not only how sound functions acoustically, but how sonic presences temper our total experience of the world around us.”
Heller serves as the editor of Jazz and Culture, an annual scholarly journal published by the University of Illinois Press. The journal is devoted to publishing cutting-edge research on jazz from multiple perspectives. Founded on the principle that both scholars and musicians offer invaluable contributions, the journal juxtaposes groundbreaking work by researchers alongside oral histories and articles written by master artists in the field. Its inaugural issue is available on JSTOR now.