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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 2019-31 Oct 2019)

PhD, Full Professor of Science, Technology & Modern Culture, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences (FASoS), Maastricht University

Hidden Ears: Wiretapping, Eavesdropping, and Analyzing Sonic Information, 1960s–the present

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 Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Mar 2019-29 Feb 2020)

Visiting Scholar (Jun 2019-21 Jun 2019)

PhD, Henry and Julia Weisman Schutt Chair in Music Associate Professor, University of California, Berkeley, USA

The Political Ecology of Sound Insulation

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

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 Feb 2019-30 Apr 2019)

PhD candidate, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Inventing the Decibel: An Episode in the History of Sonic Thinking

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 Scholar (11 Mar 2019-11 Apr 2019)


Tines and Waves

Visiting Scholar (1 Mar 2019-30 Apr 2019)

PhD, ERC Research Professor, Faculty of Music and The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities, University of Oxford

Musica, Vox, Cantus, Sonus: Late Medieval Concepts of Sound and Listening, the Sonic World of the Thirteenth to Fifteenth Centuries, and the "Sonic Turn" in the Historical Disciplines Today

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 (1 Feb 2019-30 Apr 2019)

PhD candidate

Inventing the Decibel: An Episode in the History of Sonic Thinking

Visiting Scholar (Jun 2019-30 Jun 2019)

PhD, Professor, Department of Art History and Communication Studies, McGill University, Montreal, Canada

Tuning Time: Sequences from the History of Time Stretching and Pitch Shifting

Visiting Scholar (15 Mar 2019-15 Apr 2019)

PhD, Professor of History, Princeton University

Sound Effects: Technicians and the Talkies in the American Film Industry, 1925-1933

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

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