Joeri Bruyninckx

I am a researcher in science and technology studies, currently located at Maastricht University and the Max Planck Institute for History of Science in Berlin. I was previously a visiting researcher at Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyCornell University and the Royal Institute of Technology.

My research focuses on the relations between technology, sensory experience and scientific knowledge. Specifically, my work has been concerned with the relation between modes of listening and scientific conceptions of auditory perception, and how these have been mobilized in knowledge practices in twentieth-century field biology, contemporary experimental sciences and the post-war workspace. 

My first book, Listening in the Field, is currently forthcoming with MIT Press’ Inside Technology series. It traces a history of sound recording in field ornithology and shows how changing popular and technological cultures of sound structure our knowledge and experience of the natural world. In previous projects, I have investigated how scientists and technicians deploy sensory skills (such as listening) and manage time in experimental work in the laboratory. My current project investigates the post-war role of (psycho-)acoustics in the optimization of work spaces such as the office or the cockpit. This is part of a broader interest in how the phenomenal and collective experience of work changed over the twentieth century.