Soundscapes of the urban past: staged sound as mediated cultural heritage

This programme focuses on the urban past in terms of its sounds, and on how the dramatization of these sounds articulated changing identities of both the city and its inhabitants between 1875 and 2000. This programme’s scholarly aim is to study dramatizations of sound in historical documents, radio plays and films – as mediated cultural heritage – in order to enhance our understanding of the continuity and change in representations of the city, specifically Amsterdam, Berlin and London.

Research team: Prof. Dr. Karin Bijsterveld, Dr. Andreas Fickers, Dr. Annelies Jacobs and Dr. Jasper Aalbers.
Type of project: NWO-Cultural Dynamics.
More information: Prof. Dr. Karin Bijsterveld

The project Soundscapes has resulted in the installation Soundscapes Amsterdam for the Amsterdam Museum, which can be visited untill December 28, 2013. You can read more about this unique installation in the newspaper article published in the NRC handelsblad here. For an English article on the installation click here.

For more information, visit the (external) project page.

Karin Bijsterveld (red.): Soundscapes of the Urban Past. Staged Sound as Mediated Cultural Heritage. Bielefeld, 2013. 230 blz; EUR 29,80.