Tim Hecker

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Urban Noise: Signification and Political Subjectivity in 19th and early 20th century in North America.

My Ph.D research will focus on the signification of noise in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries in North America. I will seek to understand the linkages between the signification of sound and political subjectivity of the city noisescape by analyzing developments at the apex of the industrial revolution. In doing so, I intend to work towards a genealogy of noise, tracing back its origin as a social and environmental concept, demonstrating how noise has functioned as a contested and shifting field of signification and political subjectification.