Karin Bijsterveld (former director of WTMC, 2005-2010) has been appointed as one the 16 new members of The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). Members of the KNAW are chosen based on recommendations from peers in- and outside of the Academy. Membership of the KNAW lasts for life. New members will be installed at the Trippenhuis of the KNAW on 12 September.
Karin Bijsterveld is a historian and Professor of Science, Technology, and Modern Culture at Maastricht University. Her research focuses on themes at the crossroads of Science & Technology Studies and Sound Studies, such as the history of noise, technology, and music; the use of sound technologies in museums; and listening in the sciences. For this last theme, she was awarded a Vici grant from NWO (2010–2015). She is coordinator of the Sound Studies specialization in the M.A. Media Culture, founding member of the European Sound Studies Association, and a member of the editorial advisory board for the journal Sound Studies. Karin’s outreach activities include a soundscapes simulation for the Amsterdam Museum (2013) and the Sonic Science Festival (2015). She is currently finishing the book-length essay “Sonic Skills: Listening for Knowledge in Science, Medicine and Engineering” (accepted as an open access monograph by Palgrave Pivot). Other recent publications include: K Bijsterveld, E Cleophas, S Krebs, & G Mom (2014) Sound and Safe: A History of Listening Behind the Wheel. Oxford: Oxford University Press, and Trevor Pinch & Karin Bijsterveld (Eds.) (2012) The Oxford Handbook of Sound Studies. Oxford: Oxford University Press. [2012 CHOICE List of Outstanding Academic Titles]