Rachel Elliott

Graduate Research Assistant, University of Guelph

Rachel Elliott is PhD candidate in philosophy at the University of Guelph. She has done previous work in philosophy at McGill (B.A.) and the University of Toronto (M.A.), and formerly taught in the Humanities Department at Dawson College in Montreal. Rachel researches music’s potential for social empowerment from a phenomenological perspective. Using Merleau-Ponty’s philosophy of embodiment, Rachel investigates whether music expands our sense of life’s possibilities through the extension of our habitual bodies. Rachel produces and hosts a radio program for the International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation:  Sound It Out airs on CFRU, 93.3FM in Guelph ON.