Sebastian Schwesinger was awarded his Masters in cultural history and theory by the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin in 2013, with a thesis on pirate economies as an example of cultural practices of delegitimated appropriation. His doctoral project investigates the media history of virtual acoustics. He is a research associate at the Chair of Cultural Techniques and History of Knowledge (Prof. Christian Kassung) at the Department of Cultural History and Theory, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Since 2015, he has coordinated the project “Auralization of Archaeological Spaces” at the Cluster of Excellence Image Knowledge Gestaltung. At the MPIWG, he is a visiting predoctoral fellow in the research group “Epistemes of Modern Acoustics,” where he is working with Felix Gerloff on the history of the decibel.
His interests include sound studies (especially sonic modes of thinking and reasoning), cultural economics, and game studies. Since 2011, he has organized the sound studies colloquium and public lecture series “KlangDenken” (sonic thinking) in Berlin in collaboration with Felix Gerloff. He founded the student radio magazine “KulturWelle” and is member of gamelab.berlin.
Presentations, Talks, & Teaching Activities
Stony Brook University, New York
Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin
Universität zu Köln
Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin
Stiftung Universität Hildesheim