Carolyn Birdsall

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, Department of Media Studies, University of Amsterdam
Residence:
September 5, 2017 to September 21, 2017
Profile

Carolyn Birdsall is Assistant Professor and MA Education Director, Department of Media Studies, University of Amsterdam. Her dissertation, published in 2012 as Nazi Soundscapes: Sound, Technology and Urban Space in Germany, 1933–1945, won the Book Award of the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis in 2013. Birdsall is also coeditor of Sonic Mediations: Body, Sound, Technology (2008) and Inside Knowledge: (Un)doing Ways of Knowing in the Humanities (2009). Her recent publications have investigated emerging concepts of “documentary sound” in early radio and sound film, with related interests including comparative histories of media archiving and the material and gendered dimensions to broadcast production work.

Selected publications: 

Birdsall, C. (2016). Sound and media studies: archiving and the construction of sonic heritage. In J. G. Papenburg, & H. Schulze (Eds.), Sound as popular culture: a research companion (pp. 133-148). Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press.

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Birdsall, C. (2016). Sound memory: a critical concept for researching memories of conflict and war. In D. Drozdzewski, S. De Nardi, & E. Waterton (Eds.), Memory, place and identitiy: commemoration and remembrance of war and conflict (pp. 111-129). London [u.a.]: Routledge.

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Birdsall, C. (2015). Can we invent a field called 'Radio Preservation Studies'? Flow: a critical forum on television and media culture (Special Issue: Radio Preservation Task Force), 21(5), 1-12.

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Birdsall, C. (2015). Die urbanen Soundscapes des Luftkriegs: Forschungsperspektiven aus Sound Studies, Geschichts- und Medienwissenschaft. Geschichte in Wissenschaft und Unterricht, 66(11/12), 681-702.

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Birdsall, C., Parry, M., & Tkaczyk, V. (2015). Listening to the mind: tracing the auditory history of mental illness in archives and exhibitions. The Public Historian, 37(4), 47-72. doi:10.1525/tph.2015.37.4.47.

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Birdsall, C. (2015). Resounding city films: Vertov, Ruttmann and early experiments with documentary sound aesthetics. In H. Rogers (Ed.), Music and sound in documentary film (pp. 20-40). New York: Routledge.

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Birdsall, C. (2014). Forum: The senses. German History, 32(2), 256-273.

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Birdsall, C. (2014). Sound. In M. Kelly (Ed.), Encyclopedia of aesthetics. Vol. 6 (2nd ed., pp. 23-27). New York: Oxford University Press.

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Birdsall, C. (2014). Sound aesthetics and the global imagination in german media culture around 1930. In D. Morat (Ed.), Sounds of modern history: auditory cultures in 19th and 20th century Europe (pp. 256-277). New York [u.a.]: Berghahn Books.

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Birdsall, C. (2013). Sonic artefacts: reality codes of urbanity in early german radio documentary. In K. Bijsterveld (Ed.), Soundscapes of the urban past: staged sound as mediated cultural heritage (pp. 129-168). Bielefeld: Transcript Verlag.

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