MemberJulie Beth Napolin

I teach modernism, sound studies, and film & media at the New School. I am a postdoctoral fellow in the Price Lab for Digital Humanities at the University of Pennsylvania, working on a project titled, “The Sound of Yoknapatawpha: An Acoustic Ecology.” I am particularly interested in the history of sound technology, its entanglements with race, and what these can tell us about the novel as form.

MemberJonathan Sterne

…SCMS.  Founding member of Association of Internet Researchers but I’m lapsed.  Founding member of the European Sound Studies Association. I also sometimes go to American Studies, International Communication Association, and Canadian Association for Cultural Studies.  But I’m more likely to be at a smaller, thematic conference….
…The Audible Past: Cultural Origins of Sound Reproduction (Duke, 2003).

MP3: The Meaning of a Format (Duke, 2012).


The Sound Studies Reader (Routledge, 2012)


Darin Barney, Gabriella Coleman, Christine Ross, Jonathan Sterne, Tamar Tembeck, eds., The Participatory Condition in the Digital Age (Minnesota, 2016).



Jonathan Sterne is Professor and James McGill Chair in Culture and Technology in the Department of Art History and Communication Studies 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) and co-editor of The Participatory Condition in the Digital Age (Minnesota, 2016).  His new projects consider instruments and instrumentalities; mail by cruise missile; and the intersections of disability, technology and perception. Visit his website at .

MemberLeendert Van der Miesen

Leendert van der Miesen is a PhD student in Musicology at the Humboldt University in Berlin. Previously, he studied Musicology and Art Studies at the University of Amsterdam. Before coming to the MPIWG, he has conducted his research within the Collaborative Research Center 980 “Epistemes in Motion” in Berlin and was a visiting research scholar in the Research Group “Epistemes of Modern Acoustics”. His dissertation project, “Collecting Ears: Marin Mersenne and the Study of Music in Early Modern Europe,” investigates the research practices and materials of the French scholar Marin Mersenne (1588-1648) and his circle. He is especially interested in the relations of music and science in the early modern period, instruments, print culture, and the history of the observation. Together with Viktoria Tkaczyk, he is editing a special issue of the journal Sound Studies on the relationship between sound, knowledge, and materiality.

MemberEunice Ying Ci Lim

Eunice Lim is a 3rd year PhD Student in Comparative Literature and Asian Studies. Prior to her time at Penn State, Eunice received an undergraduate double degree in English Literature and Communication Studies, as well as a Master’s degree in English Literature. Her research interests are in translingual literacies, language policy and education, decoloniality, and sound studies. Specifically, her work focuses on the literature and media of Contemporary East and Southeast Asia, as well as the Asian diaspora. She is currently developing a translingual approach to Singapore literature and media, attending to the specificities of their urban and sonic architectures.