Roger Savage Bio
Professor, Systematic Musicology, and Director of Graduate Studies
Music criticism, aesthetics and politics, hermeneutics and critical theory
D.Phil., University of Sussex, England; M.M., McGill University; B.M., University of Saskatchewan
Roger Savage’s interdisciplinary research interests focus on the connections between hermeneutics, critical theory, music criticism, aesthetics and politics. His book Hermeneutics and Music Criticism (Routledge, 2010) provides an extended critique of the use of hermeneutics as a way of deconstructing traditional disciplinary constructs. His book Structure and Sorcery: The Aesthetics of Post-War Serial Composition and Indeterminacy (Garland, 1989) examines the practices of high modernist composers. Professor Savage has published articles in Philosophy and Literature, the Journal of French Philosophy, world of music, Telos, The European Legacy, the British Journal of Aesthetics, ex tempore, Symposium and Selected Reports in Ethnomusicology. He is a contributing author to Ricoeur across the Disciplines (Continuum, 2010) and Paul Ricoeur and the Task of Political Philosophy (forthcoming Lexington Books). He co-edited Perspectives in Systematic Musicology: Selected Reports in Ethnomusicology volume 12 (2005) and has presented papers at numerous national and international conferences. He is an associate editor for ex tempore and is a member of the editorial board for Études Ricœuriennes / Ricœur Studies.
Professor Savage was a 2010 Fulbright Scholar at the Centre for Irish Studies at the National University of Ireland, Galway, where he taught and conducted research on cultural politics and Irish traditional music. He is a founding member of the Society for Ricoeur Studies, for which he is currently President.