About the event

What does the world’s most popular format for recording tell us about human history? What are the connections between the history of sound and the defining features of modernity, from developments in medicine, physics, and philosophy to the tumultuous shifts of industrial capitalism, colonialism, urbanization, modern technology, and the rise of a new middle class? Join Jonathan Sterne (Department of Art History and Communication Studies, McGill University) and Licia Fiol-Matta (Latin American and Puerto Rican Studies, Lehman College, CUNY) as they explore the history and culture of sound and its relationship to twentieth century media and technology.