Rhythmical Entrainment: A Genealogy of Embodied Sympathy in the Nineteenth Century

  • Date: –16:00
  • Location: SCAS, Thunbergssalen Linneanum, Thunbergsvägen 2, Uppsala
  • Lecturer: Ewan Jones, Fellow, SCAS. Lecturer in Nineteenth Century Literature, University of Cambridge
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  • Organiser: Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study (SCAS)
  • Contact person: Sandra Rekanovic
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Over the past two decades, entrainment has gained increasing significance in otherwise unrelated fields such as ethnomusicolog y and biology. The concept concerns the tendency for individual oscillators -- be they whole organisms or the organs of which they are composed -- to syncronise their endogenous rhythms to an external phase. I explore how the nineteenth century prefigured entrainment in various ways, without yet having the concept to hand. In the process, I demonstrate the extent to which the developing fields of zoology and anthropology repeatedly drew upon poetry in order to model their notions of rhythmical competence -- with consequences for our own contemporary world.

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