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Viktoria Tkaczyk

Research Group Leader (Mar 2015-Feb 2020)

Dr., Professor for the History of Knowledge, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Viktoria Tkaczyk leads the Max Planck Research Group “Epistemes of Modern Acoustics” and is a professor at the Institut für Kulturwissenschaft, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Her research and teaching interests are dedicated to theater and performance art situated within broadly defined cultural, media, and science-historical contexts. 

Viktoria Tkaczyk was born in 1976. She completed her study of theater studies, modern German literature, and sociology in Munich, Madrid, and Berlin. Her dissertation, “Himmels-Falten. Zur Theatralität des Fliegens in der Frühen Neuzeit,” written in the frame of the graduate seminar “Body Performances” (Freie Universität Berlin), was awarded the Ernst Reuter Prize in 2008 and the Book Award of the Amsterdam School of Cultural Analysis in 2012. From 2008 to 2010, she worked as a research fellow on the project “Theatrum Scientarium. Performativity of Knowledge as Agent of Cultural Change,” and in 2011, she carried out research as a Feodor Lynen Fellow at the Atelier de Recherche sur l’Intermédialité et les Arts du Spectacle (CNRS) in Paris. Between 2011 and 2014 she was Assistant Professor of Arts and New Media at the University of Amsterdam and a Dilthey Fellow at the MPIWG. Viktoria Tkaczyk is a member of the Junge Akademie at the Berlin Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities.

 

Projects

Betwixt and Between: Sound in the Humanities and Sciences

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Historicizing the Applied Humanities

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Sound & Science: Digital Histories

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Sound Objects in Transition

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Testing Hearing: Science, Art, Industry

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Thinking with Sound, 1860–1930

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The Making of Acoustics in Sixteenth- to Nineteenth-Century Europe

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Theater, Opera and Concert Culture, and the Architects of Sound (1750–1900)

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Selected Publications

Tkaczyk, V. (2011). Himmels-Falten: zur Theatralität des Fliegens in der Frühen Neuzeit. München: Fink.

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Tkaczyk, V. (2014). Listening in circles: spoken drama and the architects of sound, 1750–1830. Annals of Science, 71(3), 299-334. doi:10.1080/00033790.2013.840928.

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Tkaczyk, V. (2015). The making of acoustics around 1800, or how to do science with words. In M. H. Dupree, & S. B. Franzel (Eds.), Performing knowledge, 1750-1850 (pp. 27-55). Berlin: De Gruyter.

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Tkaczyk, V. (2015). The shot is fired unheard: Sigmund Exner and the physiology of reverberation. Grey Room, 60, 66-81. doi:10.1162/GREY_a_00179.

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Tkaczyk, V. (2018). Whose larynx is it? Fields of scholarly competence around 1900. History of Humanities, 3(1), 57-73. doi:10.1086/696302.

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Events

Lecture

Zur akustischen Vermessung des Raumes: Eine Kulturgeschichte

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