Prof Dr Karin Bijsterveld (K.T.)
Expertise: Contemporary History, Science and Technology Studies (STS), Sound Studies (Cultural History of Sound)
Contemporary history; history and sociology of science and technology; sound studies (cultural history of sound)
Professional career history
Karin Bijsterveld (1961) graduated in history in the late 1980s, and is now professor of Science, Technology & Modern Culture at Maastricht University. She is author of Mechanical Sound: Technology, Culture and Public Problems of Noise in the Twentieth Century (MIT 2008), co-editor (with José van Dijck) of Sound Souvenirs: Audio Technologies, Memory and Cultural Practices (AUP 2009), and co-editor (with Trevor Pinch) of The Oxford Handbook of Sound Studies (2012). She has edited Soundscapes of the Urban Past: Staged Sound as Mediated Cultural Heritage (Transcript, 2013) and a special issue on Auditory History for The Public Historian (2015), and is co-author of Sound and Safe: A History of Listening behind the Wheel (Oxford UP, 2014, with Eefje Cleophas, Stefan Krebs and Gijs Mom). Over the last few years, she coordinated the VICI-research program Sonic Skills on the history of sound and listening in science, engineering and medicine (http://fasos-research.nl/sonic-skills/).
Bijsterveld is coordinator of the Sound Studies Specialization in the MA Media Culture. Formerly, she directed the Research MSc Cultures of Arts, Science and Technology, and the Netherlands Graduate Research School Science, Technology and Modern Culture (WTMC). She is founding member of ESSA (European Sound Studies Association) and member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Sound Studies: Interdisciplinary Journal of the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. Since 2016, Bijsterveld is member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. She will be visiting scholar at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (Berlin) in the Fall of 2016, and fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study (Amsterdam) in the Spring of 2017.