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Contact me: 

robert.beahrs@gmail.com

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As an ethnomusicologist, sound artist, and acoustic ecologist, I am animated by voices. My primary research examines nomadic music, aurality, and soundscape ecology in post-Soviet Siberia, Mongolia, and Inner Asia. While learning and practicing Tyvan xöömei and Mongolian xöömii throat-singing over the past decade, I have directed my ethnographic attention to voices as they are disclosed, emplaced, negotiated, and assembled. As a result, I situate my scholarship at the intersection of sound and voice studies, environmental ethnomusicology, postcolonial heritage studies, and the anthropology of Russia and Central Eurasia.

My fieldwork in the Republics of Tyva and Altai (Russia), Mongolia, and Kazakhstan links archival research with collaborative ethnography, voice-driven performance practice, filmmaking, and soundscape art. My current research projects explore genealogies of throat-singing in the Sayan-Altai Mountains of Inner Asia, interspecies listening and voicing in Tyva and western Mongolia, and vibrational sensing with Russian cosmonauts and American astronauts during long-duration space flight. I emphasize collaboration with other researchers in my fieldwork, and with other fields and the public in my scholarship.

I am currently working as a postdoctoral scholar in the Center for Russian and East European Studies at the University of Pittsburgh and as a visiting postdoctoral scholar in the Department of Music at Stanford University, positions supported by a Social Sciences Research Council (SSRC) Transregional Research Fellowship called "InterAsian Contexts and Connections." After receiving my PhD in ethnomusicology from the University of California, Berkeley in 2014, I worked in the Department of Music at the University of Pittsburgh as an Arts and Sciences Postdoctoral Fellow, where I taught courses in global music and cultural politics, the musics of Mongolia and Central Eurasia, and a graduate seminar on sound and voice studies. I have presented recent scholarship at conferences of the Society for Ethnomusicology, the International Council for Traditional Music, the American Anthropological Association, and the International Convention of Asian Scholars. I have collaborated as a sound artist with performance-makers at FlyTrap Studios (Oakland), Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, CounterPulse, Z-Space (San Francisco), Los Angeles Live Arts, and Dock 11 (Berlin).