Center for the History of Business, Technology, and Society
"Sound in the Era of Mechanical Reproduction"
November 29 and 30, 2007
Thursday, November 29
Panel I: Fidelity
- Shawn VanCour, University of Wisconsin-Madison
"Engineering the New Radio Sound: 1920s Radio Loudspeakers and the Quest for Tonal Fidelity"
- Eric Barry, Rutgers University
"Audiophile Spectacle and the Technological Sublime in the 1950s"
- Commentator: Emily Thompson, Princeton University
Panel II: Sound Communities
Alex Cummings, Columbia University
"Jazz Collectors and Copying as Preservation"
Angela Blake, Ryerson University
"10-4 Good Buddy: Citizens Band Radio, Race and Masculinity in 1970s Los Angeles"
David Novak, Columbia University
"Cassette Culture, Sonic Democracy, and the Social Formats of Underground Media"
- Commentator: Fath Davis Ruffins, Smithsonian Institution
Friday November 30
Panel III: Listening and Listeners
- Tony Grajeda. University of Central Florida
"Early Mood Music: Edison and the Intrumentalization of Listening"
David Goodman, University of Melbourne
Christine Ehrick, University of Louisville
"Women's Voices, Women's Ears: Some Thoughts on Radio and the Gendered Construction of Sound"
- Commentator: Elena Razlogova, Concordia University
Panel IV: Radio
- Bill Kirkpatrick, Denison University
"Early Local Radio and the Reorganization of Space in Modern America, 1920-1934"
Michael Stamm, University of Minnesota
"The Sound of Print: Newspaper Ownership of Radio and the Sonic Promotion of the American Press, 1920-1941"
David Hochfelder and Ann Pfau, Rutgers University
"Her Voice a Bullet: World War II Radio Propaganda and Legend"
- Commentator: Derek Vaillant, University of Michigan
Panel V: Business
- Court Carney, Texas A&M University
"Broadcasting Modernity: Duke Ellington and the Confluence of Art, Technology, and Commerce"
Chris Rasmussen, Fairleigh Dickinson University
"'The People's Orchestra:' Jukeboxes and the Re-orientation of American Popular Music in the 1930s and 1940s"
Keir Keightley, University of Western Ontario
"Capitol of the World: E.M.I., Capitol, and the Internationalization of the U.S. Sound Recording Industry, 1955-1968"
- Commentators: Phil Scranton/Susan Strasser
David Suisman, University of Delaware
Charles McGovern, Smithsonian Institution
The conference is free and open to the public, but advance registration is required. Lunch is $15 and dinner $40. We recommend the Best Western Brandywine Inn (800-537-7772) for overnight accomodations, as it will provided shuttle service to and from Hagley during the conference. The hotel also will pick up and drop off at the Wilmington AMTRAK station. To register or obtain more information contact Carol Lockman at 302-658-2400, ext. 243, or email@example.com. Maps and directions are available on the library website.