Tomie Hahn

Tomie Hahn is an ethnomusicologist and artist. She is a performer of shakuhachi (Japanese bamboo flute), nihon buyo (Japanese traditional dance), and experimental performance. She is Associate Professor of performance ethnology at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Tomie’s research spans a wide range of area studies and topics including: Japanese traditional performing arts, Monster Truck rallies, issues of display, the senses and transmission, movement and gesture, and relationships of technology and culture. In 2008 her book, Sensational Knowledge: Embodying Culture through Japanese Dance (Wesleyan University Press) was awarded the Alan P. Merriam prize from the Society for Ethnomusicology. She is currently working on Peep Show a graphic ethnography on the senses and orientation.