Cody Black

Cody Black

Student

Cody Black is a Ph.D. candidate in Ethnomusicology at Duke University. Interdisciplinarily trained in cultural anthropology and East Asian studies, he researches the intersection of sound, everyday life, and the (im)possibilit(y/ies) of the future in neoliberal South Korea. Drawing from long-term ethnographic fieldwork in "sites of becoming" throughout Seoul, Cody is currently drafting a dissertation that concerns how Koreans invoke sound—broadly encompassing the aural notions of voice, language, noise, recorded music, and listening—to survive within and dissent against the increasing precarization and digitalization of life in Korea, and how they continually maintain an orientation of optimism in the meantime. He previously earned an M.A. in Ethnomusicology from the University of Toronto.