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  • Kirsten Sarah Paige

    Kirsten Sarah Paige

    Lecturer, Stanford Introductory Studies - Thinking Matters

    BioI am currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford University, where I lead undergraduate courses in music and the humanities. At Stanford, I am also affiliated with the Woods Institute for the Environment.

    I previously taught at the San Francisco Conservatory and the University of California, Berkeley, where I completed my Ph.D. in Music History and Literature in 2018. Before coming to Berkeley, I earned an M.Phil. in Music from the University of Cambridge (2012) and A.B. in Music from the University of Chicago (2011).

    In my work, I explore how discourses of race, aesthetics, and environment shaped music, sound, and media cultures in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, with special attention to Germany. I am also interested in deep histories of music, media, and listening—especially those linked to biological, environmental, and evolutionary regimes—from the nineteenth century onwards. Other research and teaching investments include opera studies; sound studies; media studies, especially media history, media archaeology, and elemental media theory; music and philosophy; histories of listening; discourses of race, alterity, and ethnicity, as well as subaltern and postcolonial studies; histories of science, medicine, and technology; histories of climate, climate change, and the Anthropocene. My work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Cambridge Opera Journal and The Opera Quarterly, among other journals.

    My current monograph—"Richard Wagner’s Political Ecology: Sound, Environment, and the History of Deep Media"—bridges environmental, science and technology, and media studies to explore Wagner’s redefinition of sound, spectacle, and spectatorship around nineteenth-century discourses of climate and environment, often wrapped in deterministic, exclusionary racial paradigms. It goes on to explore the intellectual legacy of Wagner’s atmospheric, deterministic music drama, from Nietzsche’s writings on Wagnerian musical “weather” as symptom of decadent modernity to more recent ontologies of elemental media. My contribution is to argue that theories of environmental media, from Nietzsche to John Durham Peters, reproduce Romantic—and, especially, Wagnerian—fantasies of environmental mediation and materiality, and, in so doing, foster the racial politics that made them possible. I conclude by considering how more recent writings on media, environment, and social systems—with a focus on John Durham Peters, Jussi Parikka, and Sean Cubitt’s writings—build on Wagner’s atmospheric musical materialism, and what this genealogy and its politics means for writing on media under climate crisis.

    My second book project is preliminarily titled "Micro-Global Histories of Sound."

    I am also a serious double bassist, having studied at the Juilliard School of Music from the age of 13-18. I have performed as principal bassist in orchestras around the world, including at the Tanglewood Music Festival, Aldeburgh / Britten-Pears Festival, Zermatt Festival, Banff Festival, Jeunesses Musicales World Orchestra, New York String Seminar, and with orchestras at the University of Chicago, University of Cambridge, and UC Berkeley. In 2011, I was the winner of the University of Chicago Concerto Competition.

  • Michele Papa

    Michele Papa

    Overseas Studies - Faculty, Bing Overseas Studies

    BioMichele Papa (Rome 1959) is Professor of Criminal Law and of Comparative Criminal Law at the University of Florence. He was Dean of the Law School (2006-2009) and Vice President of the University from 2009 to 2011 when he moved to Columbia Law School as a Visiting professor for the Fall semester (2011). He returned as a Visiting professor to Columbia Law School again in the Fall of 2013. Ha has been a visiting professor at Miami Law School (winter 2017), Stanford University (Florence campus 2014-present), Osaka University (Winter 2014), Georgetown University in Washington D.C. (Fall 2003). He was an Academic Visitor at King’s College (London, 1995) and at De Paul University College of Law (Chicago, 1984-1986). Among his most recent publications, in Italian, are the books Fantastic Voyage, Attraverso la specialità del diritto penale, Giappichelli 2016; Lezioni di diritto penale comparato (co-authored with F. Palazzo, Giappichelli, 2013); Crimes against property in Anglo-Americam Criminal Law (Utet 2013), and a large number of other articles, including essays on Cesare Beccaria (Criminalia 2015) and on Federalisation of Criminal Law (Diritto penale XXI secolo, 2013). He is co-director of the Italian main Criminal Law treatise, Trattato di diritto penale, (Wolters Kluiver), member of the editorial board of the Law Review, Criminalia, and Co-director of the law books Series, “Quaderni di diritto comparato, internazionale ed europeo” (Giappichelli publisher). He has also been a scientific consultant for the United Nations and for the European Union Commission. His present research interests focus on Narrative, metaphors and the Criminal law as well as on the Iconographic component of criminal legislation.