Listening and/as Technology in British Gibraltar receives Outstanding Dissertation Award


I’m excited to announce that my dissertation received the Outstanding Dissertation Award from the University of Oregon College of Arts and Sciences. In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt from the book introduction currently in progress.

Listening and/as Technology examines how colonial administrators and scientists conceptualized listening as a somatic dimension of British citizenship, and used that understanding to shape governing and economic policies regarding colonized Gibraltarian men’s media landscape. Not content with simply documenting the historical, I locate this bureaucratic and political history in the ways Gibraltarian men listen to media in public space today. Pairing extensive archival and long-term ethnographic methods renders legible the ways media governance and science at the birth of the Gibraltarian colonial state continues to echo throughout Gibraltarian men’s standpoint acoustemology – a way of listening (to media technology) that is product and productive of the intersecting gender, race, and class hierarchies that legitimate the British control of Gibraltar.