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: shonisch at uvic.ca
Stefan Sunandan Honisch (PhD, University of British Columbia) is an Associate Fellow with the Centre for Studies in Religion and Society at the University of Victoria. He is also on the Review Board of Journal of Teaching Disability Studies.
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). Recent publications include a chapter in The Oxford Handbook of Music and The Body, and forthcoming publications include an article for Journal of Interdisciplinary Voice Studies. He has also published essays on Helen Keller and the politics and aesthetics of Deafblind musical experience in The Avid Listener (2016) and an essay on musical identity and disability for Public Disability History. As a postdoctoral researcher at Uppsala University in 2017, Honisch designed and taught a graduate course entitled “Disabilities, Cultures, and the Vulnerable Sensorium: Communication as Dissensus.” Honisch is also co-editing a forthcoming guest issue of Cafe Dissensus with Dr. Sara Maria Acevedo.
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Stefan is available as a source and for personal essays and opinion editorial
Additional communication availability: Phone, videoconference (video and voice)
Languages: English, German (spoken)