Dr. des. Carla J. Maier

Postdoctoral researcher Sound Studies Lab
Research Focus
  • Sound practices and sound theories in/through urban dance music, sound art & the wider sonic world
  • New methods/methodologies in Sensory Ethnography
  • Critical perspectives on archives & archiving
  • Concepts and (artistic) practices of decolonization
Curriculum Vitae

Carla J. Maier (b. Müller-Schulzke *1976) studied Cultural Studies, Postcolonial Studies and Cultural Anthropology at Goethe University Frankfurt/Main where she also received a PhD for her thesis on South Asian Urban Dance Music in the UK. Based on this, she is preparing a monograph with the title »Sound Practices: South Asian Dance Music as Cultural Transformation« (published with Bloomsbury in spring 2019). She currently holds a Marie Curie postdoc fellowship at the University of Copenhagen working on a research project called »Travelling Sounds: A Sensory Ethnography of Sonic Artefacts in Postcolonial Europe« (2018-2020). She is a member of the research laboratories Critical Europeanization Studies and Migration at Humboldt University Berlin.

Selected Publications
  • Sound Practices: South Asian Sounds as Cultural Transformation. Bloomsbury, New York 2019 (forthcoming).
  • The Tacit Grooves of Sound Art. Aesthetic Artefacts as Analogue Archives. SoundEffects – An Interdisciplinary Journal of Sound and Sound Experience. 2017.
  • The Sound of Skateboarding: Aspects of a Transcultural Anthropology of Sound. The Senses & Society, 11(1), 24-35. 2016.
  • Situative Signals in Sonic Conflicts: An Anthropology of Sound Design. In: The Auditory Culture Reader, 2nd Edition, 119-133. Bloomsbury, London, New York 2016. (Together with Schulze H., Schneider M.)
  • Sonic Modernities. In: Sound As Popular Culture: A Companion, 173-181. MIT Press, Massachusetts 2016.
  • Sound Practices. In: Sound As Popular Culture: A Companion, 45-51. MIT Press, Massachusetts 2016.
  • Sound Cultures. In: Postcolonial Studies Meets Media Studies, 179-196. Transcript, Bielefeld 2016.
  • Functional Sounds in History and the Public Sphere. Proceedings of the First International ESSA Conference 2013, Part II. SoundEffects – An Interdisciplinary Journal of Sound and Sound Experience, 5(1). (Together with Schulze H.)