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.