In this podcast Kirsten Paige, Ph.D., tells the story of the Kaluli people of Papua New Guinea, who sing “up, over and with the forest as they harvest crops.”
In this podcast Kirsten Paige, Ph.D., tells the story of the Kaluli people of Papua New Guinea, who sing “up, over and with the forest as they harvest crops.” Together, we will learn about the Kaluli harvesting practices that rely upon a particular method of singing and listening to the rainforest, and will consider how these practices are impacted by climate change.
Paige is an assistant teaching professor of musicology at NC State. She received her doctorate in music history from the University of California, Berkeley in 2018 and was a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University. Paige’s work explores how scientific — especially, environmental and climate — knowledge reshaped aural practices, technologies and cultures in the long nineteenth century. Her essays have appeared in journals that include The Cambridge Opera Journal, Opera Quarterly, The Journal of the Royal Musical Association, and 19th-Century Music. Her first book, Richard Wagner’s Political Ecology, is under contract with the University of Chicago Press.