Acoustics of Empire: Sound, Media & Power in the Long 19th Century

December 7-8, 2018

University of Cambridge, Corpus Christi College

The long 19th century was a period of dramatic political, scientific and
technological change. Both sound studies and global/postcolonial studies
have focused on this period, but have largely done so independently of one
another. This conference raises questions of how sound and sound
technologies were bound up in colonial and imperial practices, and how that
global political context simultaneously shaped the science and practice of
hearing and thinking about sound. In short, how might we imagine a global
history of 19th-century acoustics and aurality?

More details here
including the full conference programme

Register for conference here
(£30 waged/£10 unwaged; Cambridge students free)

List of participants:

Peter McMurray, co-organizer (University of Cambridge)

Priyasha Mukhopadhyay, co-organizer (Yale University)

Elleke Boehmer (University of Oxford)

Alejandra Bronfman (SUNY Albany)

Hyung Kyong Hannah Chang (Sungkonghoe University)

Nicholas Cook (University of Cambridge)

James Davies (UC Berkeley)

Ziad Fahmy (Cornell University)

Alexandra Hui (Mississippi State University)

Nazan Maksudyan (Humboldt Universitaet Berlin)

Jairo Moreno (University of Pennsylvania)

Anindita Nag (Max Planck Institute for the History of Science)

Rumya Putcha (Texas A&M University)

Sindumathi Revuluri (Harvard University)

Gavin Steingo (Princeton University)

David Trippett (University of Cambridge)

Richard Williams (SOAS University of London)

Part of Sound and Materialism in the 19th Century

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