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Sensing Against the Archive for Silence, Stillness, and Stuck-ness
Start Date: 5/25/2023Start Time: 4:00 PM
End Date: 5/25/2023End Time: 5:30 PM
Event Description

Join the Drexel Department of History to welcome Alexandra Hui, PhD, an associate professor of history at Mississippi State University, who will present “Sensing Against the Archive for Silence, Stillness, and Stuck-ness” as part of our speaker series on May 25. Professor Hui’s research examines the co-development of listening and background music technology and how scientists listen to the environment.

Historians have much to learn from stopped time. Examining the sensation, perception, and documentation of stasis opens categorical and ontological questions about how change is determined. Through a series of case studies of scholarly and lay understandings of silence, Professor Hui reflects on the role of stillness in history. Hui offers a new approach to studying past human relationships with nature by focusing on actual sounds and listening practices.

Hui is co-editor of Isis, the History of Science Society journal. Her monograph, The Psychophysical Ear: Musical Experiments, Experimental Sounds, 1840–1910 (MIT Press, 2012), several articles, and her co-edited book, Testing Hearing: The Making of Modern Aurality (Oxford University Press, 2020), focus on music, sound, and the laboratory.

Contact Information:
Name: Khushi Patel
Alexandra Hui, PhD, Associate Professor of History, Mississippi State Unive
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