I joined the Arts One Program in 1999, and have been happily reading and thinking, talking and teaching here ever since. Arts One provides an exceptional environment for encountering new people and developing new ideas, and these opportunities have profoundly shaped my own work. Although I hold a doctorate in music and am cross-appointed with the UBC School of Music, I do research in cultural and intellectual history, and in the history and philosophy of science: I am currently exploring the relationship between music, mathematics, and early modern science, and also the ‘genealogy of modernity’ (or so I like to call it) as it was pursued by Rousseau, Nietzsche, and Foucault.

My work has appeared in Annals of Science, Perspectives on Science, Modern Intellectual History, and Nietzsche Studien, and I recently contributed a chapter on music to the edited collection, Foucault on the Arts and Letters (Rowman and Littlefield, 2016), which harmonized my music and Arts One interests.

Future projects include a chapter on the sociology of music for the Oxford Handbook of Max Weber, and an inquiry into the nature of the essay and its prospects at the modern university, inspired by the example of Michel de Montaigne. When I am not reading Montaigne, my twin passions are music and the mountains, which I love to share with my son, Arcadi.


Dr. Konoval has a video-recorded Arts One lecture, on Rousseau’s Discourse on Inequality, which you can see here.

In 2009, Dr. Konoval received a UBC Killam Teaching Prize.