Dr. Carla J. Maier

Independent researcher & lecturer based in Berlin Collaborator at Sound Studies Lab
Research Focus
  • Research on modes of listening & sound practices in popular music, sound art, and the urban space
  • Research on a practice-based concept of rhythming (in collaboration with Melissa van Drie)
  • Practice-based methods in auditory research practices & sensory ethnography
  • Critical perspectives on public monuments & practices of archiving
  • Postcolonial and decolonial theories and practices with a focus on postcolonial Europe
Curriculum Vitae

Carla J. Maier (Dr. phil.) (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. She is author of »Transcultural Sound Practices: British Asian Dance Music as Cultural Transformation« (2020). She recently completed a Marie Curie fellowship at the University of Copenhagen working on the research project »Travelling Sounds: A Cultural Analysis of Sonic Artefacts in Postcolonial Europe« (2018-2020). She is a lecturer at the Department of English and American Studies at the University of Potsdam. She is a member of the research laboratories Critical Europeanization Studies and Migration at Humboldt University Berlin.

Selected Publications
  • Transcultural Sound Practices: British Asian Dance Music as Cultural Transformation. New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2020.
  •  Sonic Transductions: Studying Material in Action. Hg. mit Sebastian Schwesinger, Christian Kassung und Holger Schulze. New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2021 (in preparation).
  • Arenen Transkultureller Bildung: Resonanzen / Interferenzen. Special Issue. Hg. mit Birgit Althans. Paragrana: Internationale Zeitschrift für Historische Anthropologie 28.2 (2019).
  • »Amplification«. In: Bloomsbury Handbook of the Anthropology of Sound. Hg. Holger Schulze. New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2020.
  • »Transcultural Aesthetic Practices in the Classroom: Sounds, Spaces, Bodies« (mit Elise v. Bernstorff) In: Aesthetics of Transformation: Arts Education Research and the Challenge of Cultural Sustainability. UNITWIN Yearbook of Arts Education Research for Cultural Diversity and Sustainable Development. Hg. Benjamin Jörissen & Lisa Unterberg. New York, NY u.a.: Springer, 2020 (in print).
  • »Transkulturelle Praktiken im postmigrantischen Theater und in der Schule. Method Mixing als Transmission« (Maier et. al.). In: Kulturelle Bildung. Theoretische Perspektiven, methodologische Herausforderungen und empirische Befunde. Münster: Waxmann, 2020.
  • »Membrane. Materialities and Intensities of Sound« (Carla J. Maier in conversation with Marianthi Papalexandri-Alexandri). Part VI Making Sound. Building Media Instruments as Sound Art. In: The Bloomsbury Handbook of Sound Art. Hg. Sanne Krogh Groth & Holger Schulze. New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2020. 447-457.
  • »The Sound of Afrofuturism« (mit Stefanie Alisch). In: We Travel the Space Ways: Black Imagination, Fragments, and Diffractions. Hg. Henriette Gunkel and kara lynch. Bielefeld: transcript, 2019. 133-149.
  • »The Tacit Grooves of Sound Art. Aesthetic Artefacts as Analogue Archives«. SoundEffects – An Interdisciplinary Journal of Sound and Sound Experience, 7.3 (2017): 20-35.
  • »The Sound of Skateboarding: Aspects of a Transcultural Anthropology of Sound«. In: The Senses & Society, 11.1 (2016): 24-35.
  • »Situative Signals in Sonic Conflicts: An Anthropology of Sound Design« (mit Holger Schulze & Max Schneider) In: The Auditory Culture Reader, 2nd Edition. Hg. Michael Bull und Les Back. New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2016. 119-133.
  • »Sonic Modernities«. In: Sound As Popular Culture: A Companion. Hg. Holger Schulze und Jens Papenburg. Massachusetts: MIT Press, 2016. 173-181.