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Sebastian Schwesinger

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (Feb 2019-Apr 2019)

PhD candidate

Sebastian Schwesinger was awarded his Masters in cultural history and theory by the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin in 2013, with a thesis on pirate economies as an example of cultural practices of delegitimated appropriation. His doctoral project investigates the media history of virtual acoustics. He is a research associate at the Chair of Cultural Techniques and History of Knowledge (Prof. Christian Kassung) at the Department of Cultural History and Theory, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Since 2015, he has coordinated the project “Auralization of Archaeological Spaces” at the Cluster of Excellence Image Knowledge Gestaltung. At the MPIWG, he is a visiting predoctoral fellow in the research group “Epistemes of Modern Acoustics,” where he is working with Felix Gerloff on the history of the decibel.

His interests include sound studies (especially sonic modes of thinking and reasoning), cultural economics, and game studies. Since 2011, he has organized the sound studies colloquium and public lecture series “KlangDenken” (sonic thinking) in Berlin in collaboration with Felix Gerloff. He founded the student radio magazine “KulturWelle” and is member of



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


Presentations, Talks, & Teaching Activities

The genealogy and efficacy of the decibel. /w F. Gerloff

Stony Brook University, New York

Testing hearing and measuring noise: Inventing the decibel. /w F. Gerloff

Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin

Understanding ancient spaces: Virtual environments as a tool. /w E. Holter

Universität zu Köln

Acoustic modelling and historical reconstruction

Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin

Sound in Numbers. Die Virtualisierung der Raumakustik

Stiftung Universität Hildesheim