Laura Kunreuther

Laura Kunreuther

Associate Professor of Anthropology
Contact: kunreuth@bard.edu, 845-758-7215
Office: Hopson 305
Program Affiliations: Asian Studies; Experimental Humanities; Human Rights; Gender and Sexuality Studies

Laura Kunreuther began teaching at Bard in 2001. She completed her B.A. at University of Pennsylvania and finished her Ph.D. at University of Michigan in 2002. Prof. Kunreuther's teaching and research interests center on themes such as cultural memory, urban public culture, postcolonial theory, technology and media, social suffering, affect, sound, and voice. She has conducted extensive research in Kathmandu, Nepal. In addition to thematic courses, she teaches classes on colonial India and ethnography of South Asia. Professor Kunreuther's first book, Voicing Subjects: Public Intimacy and Mediation in Kathmandu, traces the relation between public speech and notions of personal interiority during a moment of political upheaval in Nepal through a focus on two distinct formations of voice. She is currently engaged in two new projects that both explore sound, listening, and political subjectivity.  The first centers on the use of sound for political and artistic protest; the second centers on the role of interpreters deployed in field missions of the UN.  Other articles explore the intersection between state and domestic archives, media ideologies and the FM radio in Kathmandu. Her research has been supported with grants from Fulbright-Hays Foundation; Mellon Foundation; Social Science Research Council; the Freeman Foundation. Prof. Kunreuther coordinates the 'Sound Cluster' through Experimental Humanities, and is additionally affiliated with Human Rights, Asian Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies programs at Bard.

Select Publications
2016  Publics of Heritage and Domestic Archives Among Urban Nepalis of the Valley.  In Political Change and Public Culture in Nepal, Michael Hutt and Pratyoush Onta, eds. Cambridge University Press.

2014  Voicing Subjects: Public Intimacy and Mediation in Kathmandu. South Asia Across the Disciplines Series.  Berkeley: University of California Press.

2010 "Transparent Media: Radio, Voice, and Ideologies of Directness in Post-Democratic Nepal." Journal of Linguistic Anthropology 20(2): 334 – 352.

2009  "Between Love and Property."  American Ethnologist, 36(3): 545-562.

2006  "Technologies of the Voice."  Cultural Anthropology, 21(3): 323-353.

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