Interview – Resources provided by Dr. Tekla Babyak

As part of the podcast series, “ArtsAbly in Conversation,” Diane Kolin interviewed Dr. Tekla Babyak, Independent Musicologist and Disability Activist (Ph.D., Musicology, Cornell, 2014).

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This post presents the resources that she mentioned during the conversation.

Dr. Tekla Babyak’s website

Hosted by Humanities Commons, a network platform for people working in the humanities, this website offers a variety of articles related to her musicological research, but also her advocacy work for disabled scholars and independent scholars, with a special interest in disability accommodation needs for authors.

Dr. Tekla Babyak’s website

Teaching Music and Disability Through Disclosure-Oriented Pedagogy

Presented at the 2022 H-Net Teaching Conference, this paper demonstrates cross-historical comparisons between Tekla Babyak’s lived experiences of disability and the representations of disability in 19th-century musical works.

Read the article “Teaching Music and Disability Through Disclosure-Oriented Pedagogy”

Living Forever on Earth: Philosophies of Temporal Eternity in Beethoven’s Ops. 110 and 132

This article was published in Volume 47 (issue #2) of the journal 19th-Century Music (Fall 2023). It proposes that certain works by Beethoven enact a fantasy of infinitely postponing death and living forever on earth, something that Tekla Babyak calls temporal eternity. To develop this concept, it draws on the concept of chronolibido developed by the contemporary philosopher Martin Hägglund, as well as writings by Novalis and Friedrich Schlegel.

Read the article “Living Forever on Earth: Philosophies of Temporal Eternity in Beethoven’s Ops. 110 and 132”