Working Groups

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

    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. 


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    David Suisman

    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."


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    Jaipreet Virdi

    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.


Upcoming Meetings (all times Eastern)

  • Friday, November 22, 2019 -
    1:30pm to 3:00pm

    Mara Mills, Viktoria Tkaczyk, and Alix Hui, “Introduction,” in Testing Hearing (Oxford University Press, forthcoming).

  • Friday, December 13, 2019 -
    1:30pm to 3:00pm

    Coreen McGuire, “The Audiometer and the Medicalisation of Hearing Loss,” Chapter 4 of Measuring Disability, Numbering Normal: Setting the Standards for Disability in the Interwar Period (Manchester University Press, forthcoming).

  • Friday, January 10, 2020 -
    1:30pm to 3:00pm

    Jacques Vest, “The Malingering Ear: Audiometric Surveillance at the Turn of the Twentieth Century,” work-in-progress. 

  • Friday, February 14, 2020 -
    1:30pm to 3:00pm

    Graeme Gooday and Annie Jamieson, "Normalizing Hearing" work-in-progress.

  • Friday, March 13, 2020 -
    1:30pm to 3:00pm

    Jaipreet Virdi, “Measuring and Conserving Hearing: Early Audiology & the Fitting of Hearing Aids,” work-in-progress.

  • Friday, April 17, 2020 -
    1:30pm to 3:00pm

    J. Martin Daughtry, Listening to War: Sound, Music, Trauma, and Survival in Wartime Iraq (Oxford University Press, 2015). 

  • Friday, May 15, 2020 -
    1:30pm to 3:00pm

    Mara Mills, “Testing Hearing With Speech,” in Mara Mills, Viktoria Tkaczyk, and Alix Hui, Testing Hearing (Oxford University Press, forthcoming).
    Joeri Bruyninckx, “Of Silent Sirens and Pied Pipers: Auditory Thresholds and High-Frequency Technologies of Animal Control,” in in Mara Mills, Viktoria Tkaczyk, and Alix Hui, Testing Hearing (Oxford University Press, forthcoming).

  • Friday, June 12, 2020 -
    1:30pm to 3:00pm

    Anja Werner, “The History of the Cochlear Implant (CI) in the Divided Germany,” work-in-progress.