David Chavannes researches anti-colonial teaching methods and uses storytelling and sound performance to reflect on gender, sexuality, and immigration among Caribbean peoples. In the School of Communication, he teaches courses in sound studies and music theatre. He is committed to helping his communities become more equitable and empathic.
David is developing two collaborative projects: a resource to help undergraduate and graduate music studies teachers practice anti-colonial pedagogies; and a podcast that historicizes contemporary debates in Jamaican politics, popular musics, and media.
David’s dissertation narrates a speculative world through fragments of sound and text. From these fragments, listener-readers assemble a fictional future that illuminates colonial legacies in the contemporary Caribbean. David is expanding the project into a series of short stories accompanied by recorded performances.