Measuring Aurality; Interdisciplinary Histories of Disability, Technology, and Military Acoustics
This group forges interdisciplinary and intersectional connections in the history of science, technology, and medicine, sound studies, military studies, and disability history to probe questions about measuring and manipulating modern aurality. It will examine how and why sound became measured and standardized, as well as how aurality intersected with social differences.
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Jessica Martucci is a Researcher in the Science History Institute’s Center for Oral History where she leads the Science and Disability Project. Her current work examines questions about the nature of inclusion and exclusion in modern scientific knowledge practices and institutions.
David Suisman is an Associate Professor in the Department of History at the University of Delaware. His first book, Selling Sounds: The Commercial Revolution in American Music, received numerous awards and honors. His current book project is tentatively titled, “A Sonic History of Warfare: Military Technologies and the Sound of American Power."
Jaipreet Virdi is an Assistant Professor in the Department of History at the University of Delaware. Her first book, Hearing Happiness: Deafness Cures in History is forthcoming in 2020. Her current research project historicizes the epistemological and technical problems surrounding twentieth-century attempts to “fit” hearing aids to users.
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