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“Is Music a Thing?”: A presentation by Jonathan Sterne, 1/23/09

January 23, 2009IASEvents0

Jonathan Sterne is a professor of Art History and Communication Studies at McGill University. He writes about sound and music, communication technologies old and new, contemporary cultural studies, and a range of other matters. His work is characterized by a taste for archival esoterica, unusual combinations of objects or approaches, big intellectual and political questions, and a sense of humor. His recent publications include The Audible Past: Cultural Origins of Sound Reproduction (2003) and “A Machine to Hear for Them: On the Very Possibility of Sound’s Reproduction” (2001). Current projects include a study of digital audio technologies; a history of decline, failure and obsolescence in 20th century media; a special issue of Social Epistemology entitled “After Social Construction” and an edited reader in sound studies.

In addition to his scholarship, Prof. Sterne is also interested in more public-directed intellectual work: since 1994, he has been an editor of Bad Subjects: Political Education for Everyday Life, the longest-running publication on the internet. Cosponsored by The School of Music.

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