Brandon Konoval joined the Arts One Programme in 1999, and has been on faculty at the School of Music since 1998. He has particularly enjoyed the opportunity to work with students from a wide variety of backgrounds and with diverse interests, and who share his interest in continually seeking new ideas to explore.
Dr. Konoval studies the relationship between music and early modern science, and the genealogies of inequality, morality, and sexuality developed by Rousseau, Nietzsche, and Foucault. His research has appeared in Annals of Science, Perspectives on Science, and Nietzsche-Studien, and he recently contributed an essay on music to Foucault on the Arts and Letters: Perspectives for the 21st Century (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016). His forthcoming articles for Modern Intellectual History address Rousseau and Foucault through their use of classical sources, and he is currently exploring the relationship between teaching in the humanities and the modern research-intensive university, from a historical perspective framed by Weber and Veblen and in light of Foucault’s analysis of neoliberalism.
As a pianist, Dr. Konoval has appeared on local and national television, on CBC Radio (Arts National and West Coast Performance) and in concert in Austria and Japan, and recently performed an all-Liszt benefit concert for the Stephen Straker Arts One Bursary fund. He enjoys exploring our coastal mountains and the Canadian Rockies on foot and on ski, especially in the enthusiastic company of his son.
In 2009, Dr. Konoval received a UBC Killam Teaching Prize.
Areas of Interest: European intellectual and cultural history, history and philosophy of science, music theory and history
Recent publication: “Between Aristotle and Lucretius: Discourses of Nature and Rousseau’s Disours sur l’Inégalité.” Modern Intellectual History 14.1 (2017): 1-33. Click here for a link to the article and abstract.