James Deaville

School for Studies in Art and Culture: Music

Phone:613-520-2600 x 3738
Office:Loeb A819

Research Interests

My research addresses issues of disability and music/sound, including access to the physical and cognitive worlds of academe. I have published on depression and madness from the perspective of music/sound and am interested in traumatization and de-traumatization through music and sound.


I am interested in the intersections of accessibility and musicology/sound studies, whereby we can better understand how people with diverse disabilities access music and sound and the roles they play in facilitating access to wellbeing.

Selected Publications

“More Than the Blues: Clinical Depression, Invisible Disabilities and Academe,” Music Theory Online 15, nos. 3-4 (August, 2009), at: http://mto.societymusictheory.org/issues/mto.09.15.3/mto.09.15.3.deaville.html

“Sounds of Mind: Music and Madness in the Popular Imagination,” in The Oxford Handbook of Music and Disability Studies, ed. by Blake Howe, Stephanie Jensen-Moulton, Neil Lerner, Joseph Straus (New York: Oxford University Press, 2016), 640-660.