Research Students’ Blog

Welcome to the Sonic Circulations Research Blog. This is a platform to share research and perspectives for emerging scholars working on any topics that engage musical, scientific, and/or technological issues.

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Joseph Pfender: Struck History

Joseph Pfender (New York University) begins to sketch out a cross-disciplinary area of research and thinking, touching on sound studies but much more closely allied with global circulation and history of technology. Its relation to his dissertation work on magnetic tape experimentalism is tangential, but might triangulate a comparative global history of technology in which… Continue reading Joseph Pfender: Struck History

Laurie Lee: Against the Linear Temporality of Technophilia and Techno-nationalism

In this piece, Laurie Lee, PhD candidate in historical musicology and ethnomusicology at Harvard University, interrogates the “conceptual umbilical cord” tethering the idea of “technology” to how the West imagines itself. In parallel with insights developed through her work on the history of medicine and of the voice in twentieth-century Korea, she explores how scholars can… Continue reading Laurie Lee: Against the Linear Temporality of Technophilia and Techno-nationalism

Alexander Cowan: Methods and Ethics

In this post, Alexander Cowan, graduate student in historical musicology at Harvard University, considers some methodological and ethical questions in relation to his research on music in the American eugenics movement. In particular, he has focused on the psychologist Carl E. Seashore, whose method of quantifying supposedly inherited musical talent was taken up by hundreds… Continue reading Alexander Cowan: Methods and Ethics

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The Sonic Circulations Research Students’ Blog provides an informal space for a conversation between scholars doing the newest research where musical and scientific/technological discourses intersect. In particular, we welcome posts that examine the methodological and ethical problems such interdisciplinary work raises. At this point the blog is nascent and experimental. Blog posts could explore different styles or… Continue reading Write For Us…