Prof. Dr. Karin Bijsterveld

Research collaborator Sound Studies Lab
Research Focus
  • Cultural history of sound
  • Public problems of noise
  • Relationships between technology, sound and music
Curriculum Vitae

Karin Bijsterveld (*1961) is historian and professor in the Department of Technology and Society Studies, Universiteit Maastricht/The Netherlands. Currently she is preparing volume 5 of the Sound Studies Bookseries: Soundscapes of the Urban Past. She coordinates several research projects at the crossroads of Science and Technology Studies and Sound Studies (funded by The Netherlands' Organisation for Scientific Research NWO) e.g. Sonic Skills: Sound and Listening in Science, Technology and Medicine, 1920s-now. Recently she edited The Oxford Handbook of Sound Studies together with Trevor Pinch and she is member of the research network Sound in Media Culture (funded by the German Research Foundation DFG)

Selected Publications
  • Oxford Handbook of Sound Studies. Oxford University Press New York 2011 (together with Trevor Pinch)
  • Mechanical Sound. Technology, Culture, and Public Problems of Noise in the Twentieth Century. The MIT Press Cambridge, MA 2008
  • Sound Studies: New Technologies and Music, in: Social Studies of Science 34 (2004), No. 5, pp. 635-648 (together with Trevor Pinch)