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

Birdsall, C., & Drozdzewski, D. (2018). Capturing commemoration: using mobile recordings within memory research. Mobile Media & Communication, 6(2), 266-284. doi:10.1177/2050157917730587.

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Birdsall, C. (2018). Radio. In D. Morat, & H. Ziemer (Eds.), Handbuch Sound: Geschichte – Begriffe – Ansätze (pp. 353-359). Stuttgart: Metzler.

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Birdsall, C. (2017). Interwar France and the politics of auditory culture. Review of: R. Scales: Radio and the politics of sound in interwar France, 1921-1939. Cambridge University Press 2016. The Senses and Society, 12(2), 222-224. doi:10.1080…

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Birdsall, C. (2017). Divisions of labour: radio archiving as gendered work in wartime Britain and Germany. In N. Willems, & S. Holla (Eds.), Gender and archiving: past, present, future (pp. 107-133). Hilversum: Verloren.

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Birdsall, C., & Drozdzewski, D. (2018). Capturing commemoration: using mobile recordings within memory research. Mobile Media & Communication, 6(2), 266-284. doi:10.1177/2050157917730587.

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Birdsall, C. (2018). Radio. In D. Morat, & H. Ziemer (Eds.), Handbuch Sound: Geschichte – Begriffe – Ansätze (pp. 353-359). Stuttgart: Metzler.

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Birdsall, C. (2017). Interwar France and the politics of auditory culture. Review of: R. Scales: Radio and the politics of sound in interwar France, 1921-1939. Cambridge University Press 2016. The Senses and Society, 12(2), 222-224. doi:10.1080…

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Birdsall, C. (2017). Divisions of labour: radio archiving as gendered work in wartime Britain and Germany. In N. Willems, & S. Holla (Eds.), Gender and archiving: past, present, future (pp. 107-133). Hilversum: Verloren.

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