Carolyn Birdsall
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Carolyn Birdsall

Visiting Scholar (Feb 2018)

PhD, Department of Media Studies, University of Amsterdam

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.

Projects

Researching Radio: Sound Archives and Discipline Formation, 1930–1945

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Archival Impulses in German Radio: Collecting, Ordering and Reusing Sound (1930–1960)

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Radio Archiving and the Sources of History

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Selected Publications

Drozdzewski, D., & Birdsall, C. (Eds.). (2018). Doing memory research: new methods and approaches. Basingstoke: Palgrave.

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Birdsall, C. (2018). Worlding the archive: radio collections, heritage frameworks, and selection principles. In G. Föllmer, & A. Badenoch (Eds.), Transnationalizing radio research: new approaches to an old medium (pp. 197-208). Bielefeld:…

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Birdsall, C. (2018). Found in translation: recording, storing and writing of sounds. In M. Bull (Ed.), Routledge companion to sound studies (pp. 210-221). London: Routledge.

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Birdsall, C., & Walewska, J. (2018). Beyond the ‘1945 divide’: reassembling radio histories in Wrocław, formerly Breslau. IAMHIST.net, 1-5.

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