Winter Session: Presenters


Lisa Gitelman

Lisa_GitelmanLisa Gitelman is a media historian whose research concerns American book history, techniques of inscription, and the new media of yesterday and today. She is particularly concerned with tracing the patterns according to which new media become meaningful within and against the contexts of older media. Her most recent book is entitled Always Already New: Media, History, and the Data of Culture and was published by the MIT Press in 2006. She has a new edited collection, “Raw Data” Is an Oxymoron (MIT 2013), while current projects include a monograph, Paper Knowledge: Toward a Media History of Documents, forthcoming from Duke. She holds a Ph.D. in English from Columbia University and is a former editor of the Thomas A. Edison Papers at Rutgers University. She joins Steinhardt after teaching at Harvard University and at The Catholic University of America.

Julia Kursell

JULIA KURSELLJulia Kursell is professor of musicology at the University of Amsterdam (UvA). Before coming to Amsterdam, she worked as research fellow at Bauhaus University in Weimar and at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin. Her research interests include the history of the physiology and psychology of hearing, as well as the relation between music, media and technology in Western composition after 1945. She has published widely in these areas in journals such as Configurations, Greyroom, OASE. Most recently, the volume “Music, Sound, and the Laboratory”, co-edited with A.E. Hui and M.W. Jackson, has come out with Chicago UP. 

Jonathan Sterne

JSSterne-hi-rezJonathan Sterne teaches in the Department of Art History and Communication Studies and the History and Philosophy of Science Program at McGill University. He is author of MP3: The Meaning of a Format (Duke 2012), The Audible Past: Cultural Origins of Sound Reproduction (Duke, 2003); and numerous articles on media, technologies and the politics of culture. He is also editor of The Sound Studies Reader (Routledge, 2012). Visit his website at


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