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WGF International Symposium #129 Group Photo
Back Row, from left: C. Hirschkind, S. Connor, V. Erlmann, P. Carter, M. Bull, A. Seeger, H. Schwartz. Front Row, from left: D. Kahn, L. Austern, P. Gouk, E. Thompson.

April 24-28, 2002 (originally scheduled for October 5-12, 2001)
Hacienda de Los Laureles, Oaxaca, Mexico

PUBLICATION: Hearing Cultures:  Essays on Sound, Listening and Modernity (Veit Erlmann, Ed.), Berg, Oxford, 2004


bookcoverLinda Austern (Northwestern University, USA)
Michael Bull (University of Sussex, UK)
Paul Carter (University of Melbourne, Australia)
Steven Connor (University of London, UK)
Veit Erlmann, organizer (University of Texas, USA)
Penélope Gouk (University of Manchester, UK)
Charles Hirschkind (University of California, Berkeley, USA)
Douglas Kahn (University of California, Davis, USA)
Manis B. Nuckolls (University of Alabama, USA)
Hillel Schwartz (Independent Scholar, USA)
Anthony Seeger (University of California, Los Angeles, USA)
Bruce R. Smith (University of Southern California, USA)
Emily Thompson (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)

excerpt from Organizer's Statement:  

Anthropology, for the past two decades, has been dominated by what has been variously called the "textual turn," "interpretive approach" or "hermeneutics." According to these approaches, anthropology's primary concern is with action as discourse. Culture is said to be a web of practices into which are inscribed meanings in much the same way as writing fixes meaning in a text. Consequently, to understand culture is to be able to read