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Alumni

Mara Mills

Visiting Scholar (Jun 2019)

Mara Mills is Associate Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University, where she co-directs the Center for Disability Studies. Her book On the Phone: Hearing Loss and Communication Engineering (forthcoming from Duke University Press) examines the history of speech and hearing research in the Bell System. She is currently working on the history of optical character recognition and, with Jonathan Sterne, the history of audio time stretching technology.

Projects

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History of Medicine, History of Material Culture, History of Technology

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Testing Hearing: Science, Art, Industry

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The Construction of Deafness in Western Europe and the United States (Seventeenth to Nineteenth Centuries)

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The History of Audiometry and the Construction of the Normal Auditory Threshold

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Tuning Time: Histories of Sound and Speed

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Selected Publications

Sterne, Jonathan, and Mara Mills (2020). “Second Rate: Tempo Regulation, Helium Speech, and ‘Information Overload.’” Triple Canopy 26 (October). https://www.canopycanopycanopy.com/issues/26/contents/second-rate.

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Hui, Alexandra E., Mara Mills, and Viktoria Tkaczyk (2020). “Testing Hearing: An Introduction.” In Testing Hearing: The Making of Modern Aurality, ed. V. Tkaczyk, M. Mills, and A. Hui, 1–19. New York, NY: Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10…

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Mills, Mara (2020). “Testing Hearing with Speech.” In Testing Hearing: The Making of Modern Aurality, ed. V. Tkaczyk, M. Mills, and A. E. Hui, 23–48. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

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Mills, Mara, and Jonathan Sterne (2020). “Aural Speed-Reading: Some Historical Bookmarks.” PMLA: Publications of the Modern Language Association 135 (2): 401–411. https://doi.org/10.1632/pmla.2020.135.2.401.

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Past Events

Summer School

Sound Signatures

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News & Press

Alumni Xiaochang Li and Mara Mills receive the Bernard S. Finn IEEE History Prize

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Research Group "Epistemes of Modern Acoustics" publishes special issue of Technology and Culture

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