Sean Colonna

PhD Student in Historical Musicology

Sean Colonna is a PhD candidate in historical musicology writing a dissertation entitled “Drugs, Music, and the Aesthetic: A Decolonial Analysis of Germany’s Transition to Romanticism.” His research compares historical accounts of drug-induced experiences with contemporaneous descriptions of musical aesthetics in order to explore the influences of coloniality on Western theories of subjectivity and consciousness. He has two forthcoming publications: “Using Mastery Objectives to Foster Inclusive Teaching” in Teaching Gradually: Practical Pedagogy and Classroom Strategies for Graduate Students, by Graduate Students (Stylus, 2021); and "Coffee and Music: Anthropotechnologies of the Enlightenment" in the upcoming issue of World of Music Journal (Winter, 2021).