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Professor Douglas Kahn

Professor Douglas Kahn


Douglas Kahn is an historian and theorist of the arts, media, and technoscience with concentrations in sound in the arts, sound studies, experimental music, electromagnetism and the arts, and natural media. He is author of Earth Sound Earth Signal: Energies and Earth Magnitude in the Arts (University of California Press, 2013) and Noise, Water, Meat: A History of Sound in the Arts (MIT Press, 1999), and editor of Wireless Imagination: Sound, Radio and the Avant-garde (MIT Press, 1992), Source: Music of the Avant-garde, 1966-1973 (University of California Press, 2011), and Mainframe Experimentalism: Early Computing and the Foundations of the Digital Arts (University of California Press, 2012).\

Kahn is an ARC Future Fellow, and has received a Guggenheim Fellowship and an Arts Writers Grant from Creative Capital and the Warhol Foundation. He is on the editorial board of The Senses and Society (Berg), Leonardo Music Journal (MIT Press), Sound Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of the  Arts, Humanities and  Social Sciences (Bloomsbury) among other journals and publication series, and is on the executive board of the professional organization Media Art Histories.

With Professor Jill Bennett, Director of NIEA, he convened the NIEA symposiums Sense of Planet: Ecology at Earth Magnitude (August, 2012) and Materials: Objects: Environments--A HotHouse Workshop on Ecological Thinking (May, 2011). Before joining NIEA, Douglas Kahn was Professor of Science and Technology Studies, and Founding Director of Technocultural Studies at the University of California, Davis.

Current appointment(s)

Professor of Media and Innovation, NIEA