Karin Bijsterveld

Titels Prof. dr.
Initials K.Th.
Main position Hoogleraar UM
Disciplines Modern and contemporary history
  History and philosophy of science and technology
Chair Wetenschap, Technologie & Cultuur
Domain Humanities
Membership Member
Since 2016
Member of Behavioural Sciences, Social Sciences and Law
Member of Council for the Humanities
Member of Humanities
Employed by Maastricht University, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
Department Technology & Society Studies
Postbus 616
6200 MD Maastricht
Personal website

Bijsterveld studies the cultural history of sound. She is one of the founders of the interdisciplinary field of Sound Studies. Bijsterveld has written about the history of noise, the relationship between technology and music, the rise of the car radio, and the role of listening in science and engineering.

Her work has attracted attention outside the world of academia. Her research on historical urban soundscapes made it possible for people visiting the Amsterdam Museum to hear what the city sounded like in 1895 and 1935. Bijsterveld has also been active abroad, for example as an adviser on a project at London’s Science Museum.