Testing Hearing: Authors' Workshop

October 21 | 9:30 to October 22 | 16:45

Max Planck Research Group “Epistemes of Modern Acoustics”

Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Boltzmannstraße 22, 14195 Berlin, Main Conference Hall



Program Friday, 21 October

Program Saturday, 22 October


Friday, 21 October


10:15-10:30 Introduction by the organizers

10:30-10:45 Information about proposal process (Marta Tonegutti, Editor, Music, University of Chicago Press)

10:45-11:15 Joeri Bruyninckx (MPIWG) Introduction to the Database "Sound & Science"


11:15-11:30 Break


11:30-12:15 Viktoria Tkaczyk (MPIWG/HU) The Testing of Hundred Listeners: Otto Abraham's Studies on "Tone Consciousness." Comments by Benjamin Steege (Columbia University)

12:15-13:00 Sebastian Klotz (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin) Murray Island versus Aberdeenshire: Cross-cultural Hearing Tests and the Cambridge Anthropological Expedition to Torres Straits, 1898/99. Comments by Jennifer Hsieh (Stanford University) and Viktoria Tkaczyk (MPIWG/HU)


13:00-14:00 Lunch


14:00-14:45 Jennifer Hsieh (Stanford University) "To Hear as I Do": The Concessions of Hearing in a Noise Management System. Comments by Sebastian Klotz (MPIWG)

14:45-15:30 Joeri Bruyninckx (MPIWG) Electrified Equivalence: Testing Avian and Human Hearing in Twentieth-Century Bioacoustics. Comments by Stefan Krebs (University of Luxembourg)


15:30-15:45 Break


15:45-16:30 Mara Mills (New York University) Useful Hearing. Comments by Jonathan Sterne (McGill University)

16:30-17:15 Stefan Krebs (University of Luxembourg) Testing Spatial Hearing: The Development of the Neumann KU80 Dummy Head. Comments by Alix Hui (Mississippi State University)


Saturday, 22 October


10:00-10:45 Benjamin Steege (Columbia University) The Test Is No Longer A Test: Günther Anders and the Experimentalization of Hearing Under the Bomb. Comments by Lino Camprubí (MPIWG)


10:45-11:00 Break


11:00-11:45 Roland Wittje (IIT Madras) Absorption, Transmission, Reflection: Testing Materials in the Laboratory. Comments by Mara Mills (New York University)

11:45-12:30 Lino Camprubí (MPIWG), Alix Hui (MSU) Testing the Underwater Ear: Hearing, Standardizing, and Classifying Marine Sounds During the Cold War. Comments by Roland Wittje (IIT Madras)


12:30-13:30 Lunch


13:30-14:15 Jonathan Sterne (McGill University) How Signal Processors Hear: Comparing Sonic Technologies and Their Models. Comments by Joeri Bruyninckx (MPIWG) 


14:15-14:30 Break


14:30-15:15 Closing Discussion






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