VIBE Shared Keynote feat. Paul Tshuma and Jonathan Sterne

Paul Tshuma and Jonathan Sterne

Concordia University’s Critical Disability Studies Working Group presents:

VIBE Shared Keynote Address

Join us for the opening night of VIBE, an international symposium on Deaf and disability arts!

This event is FREE 🙂


Black Box in the EV Building, SS3 Basement floor.
Concordia University, 1515 St. Catherine West


Friday, November 30th, 2018, 6 pm-7:30 pm


LSQ, ASL, French, and English interpretation, along with audiovisual description in English


Wheelchair accessible. Signage will be on site to help attendees find the space

Talk #1: Music In The Hands Of A Disabled Person

Paul Tshuma

Montreal-based musician and disability activist

Bhekimpilo Paul Tshuma
Paul Tshuma

My name is Bhekimpilo Paul Tshuma, born with a congenital disability that has prevented me from walking. I was born in Africa in Zimbabwe, where I did most my of studies. In 2001, my mother, brother and I moved to Canada, it was a huge change for us because we did not know anyone and culture shock but I managed to adapt. In 2002, I enrolled at McGill University and studied “Computer Software Design”. During my studies, I continued to write poetry which eventually lead me to compile seven books of which I had the privilege of publishing five of the seven books. In 2006, I was invited to display creative work at an art exhibition in the West Island. Many things happened in that year, my computer studies had terminated and a new chapter was about to begin. 2007, I pursued my passion in music. It was then I bought equipment to help me write my own music. The following year 2008, I went to study music at Concordia University. During the time period of my studies, a friend of mine and brother had already started a gospel group “United Tribulation Choir”. The purpose of the choir was to bring a message of hope, love, joy and inspiration, through our personal experience. I began having opportunities to speak in High schools, Colleges, organizations, Universities and Churches. My topics were; “Overcoming Your Challenges, and Hope”. I also have and continue to audit buildings that are not user-friendly for people with different mobility. I continue to make sure that the places are accessible. I am currently teaching singing and working on my documentary about my life in Zimbabwe and here in Canada.

Talk #2: Audible Scarification: On Cultures of Loudness and the Normalization of Altered Hearing

Jonathan Sterne

Professor and James McGill Chair in Culture and Technology, Department of Art History and Communication Studies, McGill University

Jonathan Sterne
Jonathan Sterne

High sound pressure levels produced in a range of contexts—from amplifiers at concerts to hand dryers in bathrooms—are usually treated as an epidemiological problem and described in terms of hearing loss. Drawing on arguments around Deaf gain in Deaf and critiques of the medical model of disability, this paper analyzes high volume listening as a collective practice that addresses altered hearing.

Jonathan Sterne is James McGill Professor of Culture and Technology in the Department of Art History and Communication Studies at McGill University.  He is the author of MP3: The Meaning of a Format (Duke 2012), The Audible Past: Cultural Origins of Sound Reproduction (Duke, 2003); and numerous articles on media, technologies and the politics of culture.  He is also the editor of The Sound Studies Reader (Routledge, 2012) and co-editor of The Participatory Condition in the Digital Age (Minnesota, 2016). His current projects consider the politics of instruments and signal processing; artificial intelligence and culture; and the intersections of disability, technology and perception. His next book, co-authored with Mara Mills, is tentatively titled Tuning Time: Histories of Sound and Speed. Visit his website at


SSHRC • Concordia Faculty of Arts and Science • Concordia Office of the VP, Research & Graduate Studies • Concordia Research Chair in Mobile Media Studies • Québec-UK Connections • ACT Project • Together! 2012 • VibraFusionLab • 4th Space • MilieuxMilleux Institute for Arts Culture and Technology • Participatory Media cluster • The Canadian Consortium on Performance and Politics in the Americas (CCPPA) • Bodies in Translation project content

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