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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

Radio Archiving and the Sources of History

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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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Selected Publications

Birdsall, C. (2016). Sound and media studies: archiving and the construction of sonic heritage. In J. G. Papenburg, & H. Schulze (Eds.), Sound as popular culture: a research companion (pp. 133-148). Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press.

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Birdsall, C. (2016). Sound memory: a critical concept for researching memories of conflict and war. In D. Drozdzewski, S. De Nardi, & E. Waterton (Eds.), Memory, place and identitiy: commemoration and remembrance of war and conflict (pp. 111-129…

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Birdsall, C. (2015). Resounding city films: Vertov, Ruttmann and early experiments with documentary sound aesthetics. In H. Rogers (Ed.), Music and sound in documentary film (pp. 20-40). New York: Routledge.

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Birdsall, C., Parry, M., & Tkaczyk, V. (2015). Listening to the mind: tracing the auditory history of mental illness in archives and exhibitions. The Public Historian, 37(4), 47-72. doi:10.1525/tph.2015.37.4.47.

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