Holger Schulze

Holger Schulze


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    Holger Schulze (*1970) is full professor in musicology at the University of Copenhagen and principal investigator at the Sound Studies Lab. He serves as co-editor of the international journal for historical anthropology Paragrana and as founding editor of the book series Sound Studies

    His research moves between a cultural history of the senses, sound in popular culture and the anthropology of media. He is a founding member of the European Sound Studies Association. Between 2012-2018 he was an associated investigator at the cluster of excellence Image Knowledge Gestaltung: an interdisciplinary laboratory at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin; between 2008-2016 he was director of the international research network Sound in Media Culture, and between 2000-2009 he was a co-founder and the first head of department of the first European MA-programme in Sound Studies at the Universität der Künste Berlin.

    He was invited visiting professor at the Musashino Art University in Tokyo, at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, at the Leuphana Universität Lüneburg, and at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. He served as a curator for the Haus der Kulturen der Welt Berlin and he produced radio features for Deutschlandradio Kultur. He writes for Merkur, Seismograf, Neue Zeitschrift für Musik, Positionen, Texte zur Kunst, taz - die tageszeitung, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, der freitag.





    Portrait: „For Holger Schulze, immersive listening is his soundtrack to everyday life“ (2019)

    Interviews: Holger Schulze und sein Sound Studies Lab (SWR2 radio 2022), The Sonic Persona and The Servant Class (Podcast SOUNDS ABSURD 2022), "​Schallwaffen sind im Grundsatz antidemokratisch​" (Philosophie Magazin 2021), "So ist für Nutzer klar: Die Position der Dienstmagd hat eine Frau" (DIE ZEIT 2019)


    Programmatic monograph: The Sonic Persona (Bloomsbury 2018)

    Programmatic journal article: Corpus – Dispositive – Persona: Formants of an Anthropology of Sound (Swedish Journal of Music Research 2018)


    Recent media contributions: The Seduction of Meme Music (Norient 2021), The Sound Politics of Videocalls (Norient 2020), The hands just carry on by themselves (Seismograf 2020), The Sound of Corona (Passive/Aggressive 2020)


    Join our biweekly Colloquium Sound & Sensory Studies (on Zoom)!

    More informations on the website of the Sound Studies Lab


    Currently supervising: the artistic PhD project Communicating Vessels by Jenny Gräf Sheppard (funded 2020-23 by a NovoNordisk Mads Øvlisen PhD Scholarship), the PhD project Sounding the Dissolution by Giada Dalla Bontà (funded 2021-24 by an IKK PhD grant), the postdoc project Sounding Crisis by Ania Mauruschat (funded 2021-23 by the ERC’s Marie-Skłodowska-Curie Actions).

    In spring 2023, Holger Schulze will be on a research trip to the USA and a research fellow at the Center for Advanced Film Studies CINEPOETICS at Freie Universität Berlin to further develop his research project "Meme Music." He continues to participate in the Sound Knowledge Network workshops (PIs: Salomé Voegelin & Werner Friedrichs) funded by the UK's AHRC.



    Areas of teaching and supervision: 

    sound studies, popular music, sound design, game sound, sound art, music video, music culture, aural architecture, sensory studies, anthropology of sound.


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