aural flâneur


Literary and political theory, music theory, sound studies, urban studies, and environmental humanities

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Since 2012 Naomi Waltham-Smith has taught at the University of Pennsylvania. Before that she taught at the University of Cambridge, King’s College London, City University, and Indiana University.

She has received a number of course design grants and an award in recognition of her commitment to mentoring undergraduate research. A reflection of her transdisciplinary interests, she has been awarded grants from the Mellon Humanities+Urbanism+Design Initiative to co-teach city seminars with colleagues at PennDesign.

She has advised graduate students on topics such as Mahler and Walter Benjamin, nostalgia in 1920s Paris, affective labour, and ecologies of vocality and waste. She is always delighted to hear from potential graduate students working in sound studies or approaches to music that relate to philosophy, critical theory, media theory, urban studies, or environmental or digital humanities.

Examples of graduate seminars taught

Touching Deconstruction Touching Music
Music and Belonging
Writing Sound—Sounding Literature
Aurality and Deconstruction (with Ian Fleishman)
Urban Street Sound
Cities and Sound (with Francesca Ammon)

Examples of undergraduate classes taught

Introduction to Sound Studies
Urban Sound
Media and Memories of the Future—Sound and Environment in Berlin (with Daniel Barber)
Making Sense of Music
Music Theory and Musicianship I, II, and II
Music Analysis I and II
Sonata Theory
History of Western Music I
18th-century Aesthetics and Society
The Fantasia in Modernity