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.

MemberJoanna Swafford

Victorian poetry, Romantic poetry, sound studies, digital humanities, gender and queer studies.
Check out my digital projects: “Songs of the Victorians,” an archive of parlor and art song settings of Victorian poetry ( and “Augmented Notes,” a tool that lets users create sites like “Songs of the Victorians” (

MemberAlbertine Fox

I am a Lecturer in French Film at the University of Bristol. I am currently working on a book project that explores ‘listening spaces’ in contemporary French and Francophone documentaries, with a focus on the documentary convention of the filmed interview. Part of this project is particularly concerned with works by the Belgian filmmaker Chantal Akerman. Other research interests that dovetail with this project include sound studies, musicology and listening, queer studies, and feminist queer theory and intersectionality. My first monograph Godard and Sound: Acoustic Innovation in the Late Films of Jean-Luc Godard was published by I.B.Tauris in 2017 and explores the relationship of sound to vision in cinema and in turn our relationship as spectators with the audiovisual in a selection of post-1979 films by Jean-Luc Godard.