Summer Session: Student Participants


Nikita Braguinski was born in Moscow, Russia. He studied musicology at the Universität zu Köln (M.A. 2003) and worked in 2007-2009 at the National Musicological Institute SIMPK in Berlin. Since 2012 he teaches courses on media theory at Berlin Humboldt University. In his PhD thesis “The aesthetics and semantics of electronic toy sound” he is investigating the epistemology of electronic playing machines and, especially, their sounds.

Harley Brown completed her BA in fiction writing and biology at Macalester College in St. Paul, MN in 2009 and is currently a Master’s candidate in music and cultural criticism at New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study. In addition to her studies, Harley is also a freelance editor at Billboard and contributor to publications including Rolling Stone, The Village Voice, SPIN, and Pitchfork. Harley is primarily interested in the sociopolitical positioning of acoustics in gentrifying urban neighborhoods, the instrumental continuum of computer music, and history’s re-contextualization of electronic music.

Elinor Carmi, MPhil/PhD candidate at the Media and Communications department at Goldsmiths College, University of London. My research topic is “Why spam? Challenging categorization of Information in media technologies”. I was a journalist, a radio broadcaster, an editor of Trance channels on TV, and worked at various electronic music labels. I recently published a book thanks to a successful crowd-funding project titled TranceMission: The Psytrance Culture in Israel. Currently, I am an associate lecturer at the Media and Communications department at Goldsmiths College and London College of Communications, I am the co-founder of the Radical Media Forum, and I also blog at Pinkeee.

Annika Eisenberg studied German and English Linguistics and Literature at the Technical University Darmstadt and the University of Wales, Aberystwyth as an undergraduate and received her Master’s degree in Comparative Literature from the Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz after a research visit at the University of California, Los Angeles, She currently pursues her PhD at the Goethe Universität Frankfurt with a study on transmedia urban sound theories using the cities Los Angeles and Dublin through different eras and media forms as examples.

Thomas Brandon Evans is a second-year PhD student with the Standing Committee on Film and Visual Studies at Harvard University. His interests include soundscapes and their theories, the nature of auditory experience, affect and the sensorium, acoustic architecture as media archaeology, experimental forms of research, ethnography, new media theory, and Sikhism. He also makes field recordings as part of an artistic and acoustemological practice. Brandon holds an MA in Visual and Critical Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a BA in Linguistics and Interdisciplinary Studies in Art/Semiotics from Georgetown University.

Joppan George is presently pursuing his PhD in History at Princeton University. His thesis treats aviation (circa 1910-1940) as the object lesson of technological modernity in late colonial India. Besides the clear and present obsession with monoplanes and biplanes, his academic interests also concern the phenomenology of sound, probing among other things, the plausibility of an acoustic unconscious mediated through gramophones, radio, public address systems, and sound films in India in the early twentieth century.

Felix Gerloff recently graduated as Magister Artium (M.A.) at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Institut für Kulturwissenschaft. At the moment he is preparing his doctoral thesis at the intersection of Cultural History & Theory, Sound and Urban Studies and the methodology of interdisciplinary collaboration. In the past years he gave project-oriented courses on the study of popular music culture and computer games from the perspective of Kulturwissenschaft. Since 2011 he is organizing a public lecture series KlangDenken in collaboration with Sebastian Schwesinger, Carla Müller-Schulzke and the Sound Studies Lab. His work includes further project management and curating for the C60/Collaboratorium (UniverCity Bochum). He is part of the experimental media project soniK Radiofabrik.

Matthew Hockenberry is a media historian and technologist working within infrastructural approaches to telecommunication and paperwork studies to develop a media history of logistics. As a visiting scientist at the MIT Center for Civic Media he developed Sourcemap, a collaborative platform for mapping supply chains and sharing “where things come from,” and he writes on the mediation of global supply and the worldwide apparatus of production.

Josh Hudelson is a Ph.D. student in the Music department at NYU. His research explores the concept of “feedback” in the 20th century and the sonic origins of digital computing. He earned his MA in Digital Musics at Dartmouth, where he conducted ethnographic work on Electronic Voice Phenomenon in the United States.

Eun-sung Kim is assistant professor in the department of sociology at the Kyung Hee University, Seoul, Korea. His current long-term research explores Korean modern soundscapes associated with a multitude of sounds found in a Korean industrial society from historical, social, political, cultural, and policy perspective. He views sound as an indicator to probe into Korean political economy, society, and culture. He is interested in analyzing democracy, citizenship, expertise, social inequality, political power, material culture, epistemologies, somatic performance, and social imaginaries related to inter-floor, aircraft, political rally, and windpower noises as well as sounds of torture, factory, and social, national movement.

Melle Jan Kromhout is ASCA PhD-fellow at the University of Amsterdam. His project entitled ‘Noise Identities’ focuses on a revaluation of the position of noise in recorded music as a key for assessing the relation of recording media to the production of musical significance. He published on topics such as lo-fi recording, the music of Throbbing Gristle, the idea of an ‘other music’ in the work of Friedrich Kittler and the conceptual consequences of noise reduction.

Anna Kvíčalová received her MA in Religious Studies at the University of Amsterdam, and now continues her academic work as a predoctoral research fellow at the the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin and as a PhD student at the Freie Universitait. Her dissertation project, which deals with practices of attentive listening in 16th century Calvinist Geneva, is conducted as part of the research group The Making of Acoustics in 16th to 19th Century Europe.

Xiaochang Li is a PhD candidate in Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University. Her research examines the media history of predictive text systems and predictive computing, including the development of statistical techniques in speech recognition and speech-to-text technologies.

Owen Marshall is a PhD candidate in Science and Technology Studies at Cornell University. His dissertation research focuses on the articulation of embodied perceptual skills, technological systems, and economies of affect in the recording studio. He is particularly interested in the history and politics of time compression, pitch correction, and other technological tuning practices.

Leendert van der Miesen has studied musicology and is currently enrolled in the research master Art studies at the University of Amsterdam. His research focuses on music and sound in early modern Germany and examines the relations between sound, memory and power display.

Carolin Piotrowski – Since January 2014, I am a PhD candidate with the research training group “The Problem of the Real in Modern Culture“ (Das Reale in der Kultur der Moderne) at the University of Konstanz. My dissertation project “Wanyamwezi. Biography of a chant, 1900-1914” (Wanyamwezi. Biographie eines Gesangs, 1900-1914) is situated in the research field History of Science. Within this area, I’m examining the transformation of traditional non-European music into specific scientific objects as conducted by disciplines like Musicology, Experimental Psychology, and Cultural Anthropology. Before joining the research training group, I received initial financing from the Cluster of Excellence „Cultural Foundations of Social Integration“ (Kulturelle Grundlagen von Integration) at the University of Konstanz. This funding has enabled me to conduct research at the Berlin Phonogram-Archive, which was one of the main institutions to collect music recordings from all over the world. From 2006 until 2013, I studied German, Philosophy, and History at the University of Tübingen, the University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, and the University of Konstanz.

Sebastian Schwesinger earned a combined Bachelor of Business Administration and German Diplom-Kaufmann (FH) degree in International Business and Controlling at FOM Hochschule and Hogeschool Zeeland. Subsequently he studied Cultural History & Theory, Musicology and Philosophy at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and London Metropolitan University. He graduated as Magister Artium (M.A.) in 2013 with a thesis on pirate economics in the context of popular music practices. He is now a PhD candidate at the Cluster of Excellence Image Knowledge Gestaltung at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin in a project on Analog Storage Media. He installed the Campus Radio programme KulturWelle and gave project-oriented courses on the study of popular music culture, radio history and economic infrastructures. In collaboration with the Sound Studies Lab he organizes the public lecture series KlangDenken (together with Felix Gerloff and Carla Müller-Schulzke). He works as music journalist for radio and print magazines and is founder of the experimental media project soniK Radiofabrik.

Anna Symanczyk is currently a Ph.D. Student at the Institut für Volkskunde/ Kulturanthropologie, Universität Hamburg (Institute of Cultural Anthropology, University of Hamburg) and recipient of the scholarship 2014 of the Isa Lohmann-Siems Foundation in Hamburg. Her working title of the Ph.D. thesis is „Produkt Sound Design. Der Klang der Dinge.” (Product Sound Design. The Sound of Stuff.) She has studied Cultural Anthropology / European Ethnology, Art History and Museum Management and is now teaching at the Institut für Volkskunde/Kulturanthropologie at University of Hamburg and the Institut Kultur der Metropole at Hafen City Universität, Hamburg.