Stefan Sunandan Honisch
Image: A middle-aged man, bald, with a short beard and glasses, sits in his wheelchair along an outdoor walkway lined with plants and trees. Photo credit: Jane Wang, St. John's College, University of British Columbia, 2017
Contact Stefan: stefan.honisch at gmail.com
Stefan Sunandan Honisch holds a PhD in Education from the University of British Columbia. His dissertation explores the critical and popular reception of pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii following his shared gold medal with Hoachen Zhang at the 2009 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Tsujii's own insistence on representing himself as "simply a pianist" rather than as a "blind pianist," harmonizes with, and just as often, clashes against audiences responses that both foreground and minimize his disability. The dissertation examines these congruities and tensions through an interview-based study of Tsujii's reception as part of "Beyond the Screen: disAbility and the arts," an informal educational series of panel discussions, and workshops that Honisch helped organize at the University of British Columbia in 2013, and for which Tsujii presented a solo recital, and participated in a question and answer session. Honisch has published articles in Music Theory Online, and International Journal of Inclusive Education, and has chapters in The Oxford Handbook of Music and Disability Studies (2015) and Transnational Horror Cinema: Bodies of Excess and the Global Grotesque (2016). Forthcoming scholarly publications include a chapter in The Oxford Handbook of Music and The Body. He has also published an essay on Helen Keller and the politics and aesthetics of Deafblind musical experience in The Avid Listener (2016). Honisch is currently teaching a graduate course within Uppsala University's Engaging Vulnerability Program entitled “Disabilities, Cultures, and the Vulnerable Sensorium: Communication as Dissensus.” His areas of interest include the critical and popular reception of disabled musicians (with a focus on performers), as well as issues around accessibility, and inclusion in higher education and the performing arts.
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Additional communication availability: Phone, videoconference (video and voice)
Languages: English, German (spoken)