Georgina Born is Professor of Music and Anthropology at the University of Oxford and Honorary Professor of Anthropology at University College London. Her work combines ethnographic and theoretical writings on media and cultural production, encompassing television, music, interdisciplinary practices and art-science. Her ethnographies have often focused on major institutions – television production at the BBC, computer music at IRCAM in Paris, interdisciplinary art-science and new media art at the University of California, Irvine. Her books include the first comprehensive ethnography of the BBC, Uncertain Vision: Birt, Dyke and the Reinvention of the BBC (2005), as well as Rationalizing Culture: IRCAM, Boulez and the Institutionalization of the Musical Avant-Garde (1995) and Western Music and its Others: Difference, Representation, and Appropriation in Music (edited with D. Hesmondhalgh, 2000). Two edited books have been published this year: Music, Sound and Space: Transformations of Public and Private Experience (CUP), and Interdisciplinarity: Reconfigurations of the Social and Natural Sciences (Routledge, edited with A. Barry). Between 2010 and 2015 Born is directing the European Research Council funded research program ‘Music, Digitization, Mediation: Towards Interdisciplinary Music Studies’, which involves comparative ethnographies in seven countries in the developing and the developed world (Argentina, Colombia, Cuba, India, Kenya, Canada and the UK), carried out by herself a group of young researchers, on the transformation of music and musical practices by digitization.
University of Oxford
Freie Universität Berlin
Gertrud Koch teaches cinema studies at the Free University in Berlin where she is also the director of a research center on aesthetic experience (www.sfb626.de
). She has taught at many international universities and was a research fellow at the Getty Center, as well as at UPenn 2010 and Brown University’s Cogut Center for Humanities in 2011. Koch has written books on Herbert Marcuse and Siegfried Kracauer, feminist film theory, and on the representation of Jewish history. She has edited numerous volumes on aesthetics, perception and film theory. She is also a co-editor and board member of the journals Babylon
, Frauen und Film
, and Philosophy & Social Criticism
Jonathan Beller is Professor of Humanities and Media Studies and Director of The Graduate Program in Media Studies at Pratt Institute. His books include The Cinematic Mode of Production: Attention Economy and the Society of the Spectacle (Dartmouth / UPNE 2006) and Acquiring Eyes: Philippine Visuality, Nationalist Struggle and the World-Media System (Ateneo University Press, 2006). His current book projects are entitled The Rain of Images and Wagers Within the Image. Beller recently guest-edited a special issue of The Scholar and Feminist Online entitled: Feminist Media Theory: Iterations of Social Difference and serves on the editorial collectives of several journals including tripleC and Social Text.
Pratt Institute, New York