About

a place for some things that don’t otherwise have a home – words, sounds, images, words with images, words with sounds …


Marina Peterson is an anthropologist and cellist. With research primarily in and of Los Angeles and small cities of Appalachian Ohio, her work engages entanglements of sound, sense, and urban infrastructures below and above ground. She is the author of Sound, Space, and the City: Civic Performance in Downtown Los Angeles and co-editor of Global Downtowns (with Gary W. McDonogh), Anthropology of the Arts: A Reader, and Between Matter and Method: Encounters in Anthropology and Art (both with Gretchen Bakke). Her current book projects include Atmospheric Noise: Sensory Matters and Indefinite Urbanism and a history of the Los Angeles Poverty Department, a collaboration with John Malpede. She is a faculty member in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Texas at Austin. Academic writing can be found here. As a cellist, she performs new and improvised music.