Cynthia Browne, PhD

Universitätsstr. 105
44789 Bochum
Raum: UNI 105, 3/29

Telefon: +49 (0) 234/32-27046

Titel des Postdoc-Projekts

Sonic Transductions in Hearing the Sounds of Industrial Labor


My research project is an inquiry into the various apparatuses supporting sonic transductions that conditions the possibilities for hearing labor, i.e. the various ways of listening, hearing, recording, sounding, and transmitting acoustic milieus of industry across disparate settings and in relation to differently situated bodies.

Methodologically, I plan to examine how operations of transduction result in representations of the acoustic reality of what it means to hear industrial sound as its manifests itself within works of art, clinical settings and scientific studies, soundscapes, and as evidentiary data used in political dispute and compensation. Examining the processes by which a signal in one medium becomes converted into a signal in another, I aim to demonstrate the fecundity of a transductive approach for understanding how “hearing industry” through various inscription devices and operations of conversion actively contributes to producing boundaries between subjects and objects, interiorities and exteriorities, as well as differentiations of judgements that discern distinctions between the fabricated, the factographic, and the documentary within various socio-historical junctures.

Wissenschaftlicher Werdegang

  • Seit 2/2020 | Postdoc im Graduiertenkolleg Das Dokumentarische – Exzess und Entzug, Ruhr-Universität Bochum
  • 2018-2019  | Research Fellow, Berlin Program for Advanced European and German Studies, Freie Universität Berlin
  • 2019 | PhD, Social/Cultural Anthropology; secondary field: Critical Media Practice, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA., Arbeit: “Utopic Wastelands: Site-Specific Art and the Re-making of Germany’s Ruhr region.” Betreuer: Steven C. Caton
  • 2012 | M.A. Anthropology, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
  • 2005 | B.A. magna cum laude. Anthropology (Major); Policy Studies (minor). Rice University, Houston, TX.



  • Friches industrielles. Réenchanter les ruines de la Ruhr „post-industrielle“ allemande., in: Techniques & Culture n°65-66, „Réparer le monde: Excès, reste,  innovation.“, 2016, S. 422-433.
  • Sartorial Productions: Visiting the Isle of the VEST Modelabel, in: Archipel, exhibition. cat., ZK/U Press, Berlin 2014, S. 141-152.


Projekte / Sonstige Aktivitäten

  • Ausstellung (2020): “Three Landscapes.” Marie Wolfgang, Essen.