Listening with the Dead Other

Listening with the Dead Other

Lecture with Farzad Amoozegar (UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, Ethnomusicology)

Thursday, March 4, 2021
1:00 PM (Pacific Time)

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 Please note that the start time has been rescheduled to 1:00PM (Pacific)

This talk examines how ethics for an Iranian paraplegic, a veteran of the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq War, are formed through a mode of listening that is committed to receiving the dead other. This mode of listening is concerned with the suffering of the dead other. I draw on “relational ethics” to express how an ethical subject is shaped through the other, even in the other’s absence. The dead other places a “demand” on the self, creating the foundation of a response and responsibility for the deceased. Thus, a unique relationship is developed that is beyond time, a responsiveness where the living could attend to the dead.

Farzad Amoozegar is interested in how the judgment of beauty in Iranian traditional music (mūsīqī-e sonnatī) incorporates an array of ethical queries conveyed through a language heavily entangled with Islamic revelations, mystical beliefs and traditional values. His dissertation and publications examine how the study of ethics and beauty sheds light on the master-disciple relationship, which explores the importance of moral education and how the knowledge of music is transmitted. His writings highlight the cultural nuances associated with music-making and the art of improvisation. In his examinations of ethics, he explores the tensions derived from the intersectionality of religious practices and cultural obligation, and traditional values and artistic freedom.

Sponsor(s): Center for Near Eastern Studies, Iranian Studies