Daniel Villegas-Vélez received his PhD in Historical Musicology at the University of Pennsylvania in 2016. His work addresses the political aesthetics of sonorous performance and musical thought, focusing on the early modern period and the present. His research centers on the question of the materiality of sound, displacing issues of affect, mimesis, representation, and historicism towards a baroque sensibility that embraces multiplicity, historicity and dissemination. As a postdoctoral associate, Daniel will be working on a book project entitled Mimetologies: Aesthetic Politics in Early Modern Opera. Forthcoming publications include an essay on timbre and materiality for the Oxford Handbook of Timbre and a paper on affect and mimesis in Athanasius Kircher’s Musurgia Universalis.
Areas of Interest: Early modern opera, spectacle, deconstruction, performance, affect theory, mimesis, aesthetics, and politics.