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Epistemes of Modern Acoustics

Research Group Leader Viktoria Tkaczyk

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Research Group Leader

Research Group Leader (1 Mar 2015-28 Feb 2020)

Dr., Professor for the History of Knowledge, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

The Making of Acoustics in Sixteenth to Nineteenth-Century Europe

"Epistemes of Modern Acoustics" Research Group

"Epistemes of Modern Acoustics" Research Group. Photo: Hartmut Kern, 2018.

Services & Administration

Departmental Assistant

Editorial Assistant (1 Aug 2016-29 Feb 2020)


Researchers 2018–19

Visiting Scholar (1 Sep 2018-31 Oct 2018)

Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Jan 2019-31 Aug 2019)

PhD, Assistant Professor of Music, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Fragile Sound, Silent History: Recording Eastern Europe

Visiting Scholar (1 Sep 2018-31 Dec 2018)

Catherine Mills Davis Professor of Music, Wellesley College

Liberal Sound: Milton Babbitt and the RCA Synthesizer

Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow (2 Jul 2018-3 Sep 2018)

PhD. Lecturer in Music, Queen's University Belfast

Tactile Speech

Visiting Scholar (15 Jul 2018-16 Sep 2018)

Senior Lecturer in Art History, University of Sussex

Sound, Materiality and the Social Lives of Objects

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 Oct 2018-28 Feb 2019)

PhD candidate

Der Schwingkreis: Schaltungsgeschichte(n) an den Rändern von Musik und Medien

Visiting Scholar (6 Aug 2018-30 Sep 2018)

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 Oct 2018-30 Nov 2018)

PhD candidate, Department of History, Central European University Budapest

Rationality of Noise: Gathering of Acoustic Information during the Cold War

Research Scholar (1 Jan 2018-31 Dec 2019)


Tuning the World: A Global History of Acoustics at the Crossroads of Aesthetics, Politics, Science and Industry (1834–1939)

Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow (15 Sep 2018-14 Sep 2020)

Visiting Scholar (1 May 2019-31 Jul 2019)

PhD, Associate Professor of History, Mississippi State University

Listening to Nature: Standardized Soundscapes and Imagined Ecologies, 1900–2000

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (15 Aug 2016-28 Feb 2020)

MA, Doctoral Candidate, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin

John Bulwer (1606–1656): On the Theatricality of Medical Knowledge; Ciphers, Sounds and Ear Trumpets: Acoustics and Espionage in England, 1655-1685

Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Sep 2017-31 Aug 2019)

Signal, Symbol, Measure, Model: Acoustic Processing and Computational Knowledge

Visiting Scholar (1 Nov 2018-31 Jan 2019)

PhD, Emeritus Research Director, THALIM Research Unit, Paris

Theatrical Spoken-Word Records in Germany and France, 1950–1970: Repertoire, Production, Distribution, Use

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (8 Jan 2017-29 Feb 2020)

MA, Doctoral Candidate, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

After Mapping the Avant–Garde: Politics, Discourses and Technologies of the “New” in Postwar “New Music"

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (8 May 2017-28 Feb 2020)

Theater Exhibitions, Exhibition Media, and the Humanities around 1900

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (24 Jul 2017-28 Feb 2020)

Harmonies at Work: Musical Instruments and the Transfer of Knowledge in Early Acoustics

Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow (18 Jun 2018-29 Feb 2020)

Visiting Scholar (Sep 2018-18 Sep 2018)

PhD, Research Group Leader, Research Institute for History and Technology, Deutsches Museum München, Germany

Music of Metallurgy: Bell-Founding Metal for Musical Instruments

Senior Research Scholar, Head of Cooperation and Communication (Since Jan 2008)


Translating Everyday Experience into Social Knowledge: Central European Feuilleton Culture around 1900