Sound & Senses

Coordinators: Holger Schulze and Morten Michelsen 

The research group Sound & Senses is an interdisciplinary research group at the Department of Arts and Cultural Studies (IKK) – providing a research environment for the manifold intiatives and research projects such as RAMUND (Morten Michelsen), Sound Studies Lab (Holger Schulze) and individual research projects on the PhD-, the Postdoc-, but also on the MA- and BA-level. 

Above: Katrinem: Barfüsserplatz Basel (place studies - go your gait! part 19, 2013)
Low left: Poster 2nd ESSA-Conference: Sound Studies Mapping The Field
(Copenhagen 2014)

Low right: Blackboard Drawing by Students, BA-Course Sound Studies (2015)

Analyzing culture via aspects of sound and sensory culture has become a major approach in cultural studies. The Department first entered this field in 2007 when arranging and hosting the international conference Sound Art – Auditory Cultures. Soon thereafter a full course in sound studies was initiated, and it developed into a 30 ECTS elective. Between 2008-2011 the department hosted the national research network Sound as Art – Sound in History, Sound in Theory, Sound as Culture which included five two-day seminars and an international conference held in Aarhus in 2010: SoundActs.

From the research network sprang two initiatives: the Nordic research network NORSOUND – and the first international academic organization in the field: the European Sound Studies Association (ESSA). Beginning with the LARM research infrastructure project, the department has hosted a series of radio-related projects, for example TRE and RAMUND. In 2014 the department hosted the second international ESSA conference Sound Studies: Mapping the Field. Later that year the Sound Studies Lab moved to this department and in 2016 the final conference of the network Sound in Media Culture was hosted here.

The research group currently offers a biweekly Colloquium Sound & Sensory Studies (for the dates please go to:, it organizes conferences and workshops – e.g. New Approaches to Listening 2015, Pre-Acoustic Sound Studies 2016, Out of Space 2017, Authoritarian Conditions 2018, Radio in Turmoil 2019. We also welcome guest researchers or ERASMUS-trainees.

The group is open to all scholars, researchers and students interested in ambitious research – with a strong focus on new research methods, unexpected research subjects and hopefully disturbing hearing perspectives. Historical and experiential aspects, their mediated and political, their economic and corporeal, their technological and biological, their extraterrestrial and imaginative aspects come into play, create tensions, syncopes and repercussions: they resonate in sounds and unsounds.


External members

Researchers from IKK

Liljedahl, Anders AktorPhD fellow  E-mail
Maier, Carla JanaPostdoc  E-mail
Michelsen, MortenAssociate professor +45 40 49 90 29E-mail
Reuter, AndersPhD fellow +45 27 20 10 70E-mail
Schulze, HolgerProfessor +45 51 82 39 90E-mail
Steinskog, ErikAssociate professor +45 40 49 90 27E-mail
Van Drie, Melissa LynnPostdoc  E-mail