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Roland Wittje

Visiting Scholar (May 2017-Jul 2017)

Dr. philos., Associate Professor of History of Science and Technology, Indian Institute of Technology Madras

Roland Wittje is Associate Professor of the History of Science and Technology at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras. He studied physics and philosophy at the Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg, and completed his PhD, on the history of physics in Norway during the interwar period, at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, in 2003. After curating the exhibition Science, Music and Mass Media in the Age of Electroacoustics in Trondheim, Roland taught history of science at the University of Regensburg from 2007 to 2014. His research interests include history of the physical sciences and engineering in the nineteenth and twentieth century, scientific instruments, university collections, scientific practice, and science and engineering education. Roland has been Vice-President of Universeum, the European Association for the Preservation of University Heritage, since 2010 and coordinates the Universeum Working Group on Recent Heritage of Science. His publications include The Age of Electroacoustics (MIT Press 2016) and Learning by Doing: Instruments and Experiments in the History of Science Teaching (edited with Peter Heering; Franz Steiner 2012). He has worked extensively on of the history of modern acoustics and was a visiting scholar at the Epistemes of Modern Acoustics research group in 2015 and 2016. In his current project, Roland addresses acoustic knowledge, sound technologies, and music in early twentieth-century India.

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Acoustic Knowledge, Sound Technologies, and Music in Early Twentieth-Century India

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Electro-acoustics in the Laboratory, Late Nineteenth to Early Twentieth Century

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Wittje, R. (2013). The electrical imagination: sound analogies, equivalent circuits, and the rise of electroacoustics, 1863–1939. Osiris, 28(1), 40-63. doi:10.1086/671362.

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Wittje, R. (2013). The garching nuclear egg: teaching contemporary history beyond the linguistic turn. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science, 44(4), 683-689. doi:10.1016/j.shpsa.2013.07.016.

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Wittje, R., Talas, S., & Maison, L. (2013). Shaping european university heritage: past and possible futures. Transactions of The Royal Norwegian Society of Science and Letters, (3).

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Wittje, R., & Heering, P. (Eds.). (2011). Learning by doing: experiments and instruments in the history of science teaching. Stuttgart: Franz Steiner.

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