Environmental Humanities Colloquium: “Whale Calling: Listening to Zakes Mda from Hermanus, South Africa”

Gavin Steingo, Princeton University assistant professor of music,

will present, “Whale Calling: Listening to Zakes Mda from Hermanus, South Africa,” at 4:30 p.m. Wed., Nov. 28, in East Pyne, Room 111.

Steingo will discuss South African writer Mda’s novel, “The Whale Caller,” which is about an intimate relationship between a man and a southern right whale he calls Sharisha. The Whale Caller can only interact with Sharisha by playing music to her with a kelp horn. Steingo will present ethnographic work with the book’s “real life” referent in the town of Hermanus, South Africa, to explore a question fundamental to the environmental humanities: what does it mean to listen for personhood beyond human life? This is the fifth and final talk in the Fall 2018 Environmental Humanities Colloquium.

Series Background: The Environmental Humanities and Social Transformation Colloquium aims to build an intellectual community of Princeton scholars and graduate students from all backgrounds whose work is animated by — or intersects with — issues central to the environmental humanities. The colloquium is hosted by Rob Nixon, the Thomas A. and Currie C. Barron Family Professor in Humanities and the Environment, and Professor of English and the Princeton Environmental Institute.

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Environmental Humanities Colloquium: “Whale Calling: Listening to Zakes Mda from Hermanus, South Africa”

Event Date

Wed, Nov 28, 2018 ・ 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Presenter

Gavin Steingo

Location

East Pyne, Room 111

S.O.S. sign written in beach sand near beach waves hahaha

Gavin Steingo, Princeton University assistant professor of music,

will present, “Whale Calling: Listening to Zakes Mda from Hermanus, South Africa,” at 4:30 p.m. Wed., Nov. 28, in East Pyne, Room 111.

Steingo will discuss South African writer Mda’s novel, “The Whale Caller,” which is about an intimate relationship between a man and a southern right whale he calls Sharisha. The Whale Caller can only interact with Sharisha by playing music to her with a kelp horn. Steingo will present ethnographic work with the book’s “real life” referent in the town of Hermanus, South Africa, to explore a question fundamental to the environmental humanities: what does it mean to listen for personhood beyond human life? This is the fifth and final talk in the Fall 2018 Environmental Humanities Colloquium.

Series Background: The Environmental Humanities and Social Transformation Colloquium aims to build an intellectual community of Princeton scholars and graduate students from all backgrounds whose work is animated by — or intersects with — issues central to the environmental humanities. The colloquium is hosted by Rob Nixon, the Thomas A. and Currie C. Barron Family Professor in Humanities and the Environment, and Professor of English and the Princeton Environmental Institute.