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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 vocal resonance, music, and aurality in post-Soviet Siberia, Mongolia, and Central Eurasia. While learning and practicing Tuvan 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, sensory ethnomusicology, postcolonial heritage studies, and the anthropology of Russia and Central Asia.

My fieldwork in the Republics of Tuva and Altai (Russia), Mongolia, and Kazakhstan links archival research with multi-sensory ethnography, voice-driven performance practice, filmmaking, and soundscapes. My current research projects explore genealogies of throat-singing in the Sayan-Altai Mountains, interspecies listening and voicing in 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 Eastern European Studies at the University of Pittsburgh and as a visiting scholar in the Department of Music at Stanford University with the support of a Social Sciences Research Council (SSRC) Transregional Research Fellowship called "InterAsian Contexts and Connections." After receiving my PhD in ethnomusicology at 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 world music, Central Asian music, and a graduate seminar on theorizing voice. I have presented recent scholarship at conferences of the Society for Ethnomusicology, the American Anthropological Association, and the International Council for Traditional Music. I collaborate as a sound artist with performance-makers at FlyTrap Studios (Oakland), Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and Z-Space (San Francisco), Los Angeles Live Arts, and Dock 11 (Berlin).