Jonathan Sterne

Visiting Scholar
Visiting Scholars are established scholars, as evidenced by significant publications and broad academic experience, spending a fixed term as guests at the MPIWG for research purposes. They may be externally funded or receive a Research Fellowship from the MPIWG.
Max Planck Research Group (Epistemes of Modern Acoustics)
PhD, James McGill Professor of Culture and Technology, Department of Art History and Communication Studies
1. September 2017 to 31. Dezember 2017

Jonathan Sterne is Professor and James McGill Chair in Culture and Technology in the Department of Art History and Communication Studies at McGill University.  He has written widely on the history of sound and other topics, and is currently at work on projects dealing with signal processing, impairment phenomenology, and recent transformations in musical instruments. While at MPI, he is drafting an essay entitled “Listening with Ears, Eyes and Hands: Comparing Music Technologies and Their Models." 



MP3: The Meaning of a Format (Duke 2012)

The Sound Studies Reader (Routledge, 2012)

The Audible Past: Cultural Origins of Sound Reproduction (Duke, 2003)



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