Martyn Smith

2010-2014 History SOAS University of London 
 2019- School of East Asian Studies The University of Sheffield 
Japanese studies
"Martyn Smith"

My latest research takes an interdisciplinary approach to the study of sound and the history of technology in Japan and Asia. I am particularly interested in the ways in which sound was perceived, hierarchized, regulated, manipulated, and given meaning differently in different places and at different times. Sound, its perception, reception and even consumption has worked throughout history to shape and effect gender, racial and national identities. In Asia, the understanding of sound is also marked by political, social and cultural transformations shaped by colonial and post-colonial experiences. I am interested in how the study of sound helps to expose some of the core issues and processes driving changes in technology, the environment, politics, aesthetics, cultural and social relations in Asia.

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