Jonathan Sterne

Visiting Professor

Jonathan Sterne is James McGill Professor of Culture and Technology in the Department of Art History and Communication Studies at McGill University.

He is author of MP3: The Meaning of a Format (Duke, 2012); The Audible Past: Cultural Origins of Sound Reproduction (Duke, 2003); and numerous articles on media, technologies, and the politics of culture. He is also editor of The Sound Studies Reader (Routledge, 2012) and co-editor of The Participatory Condition in the Digital Age (Minnesota, 2016). His current projects consider the politics of instruments and signal processing; artificial intelligence and culture; and the intersections of disability, technology, and perception. He is writing Diminished Faculties: A Political Phenomenology of Impairment and, with Mara Mills, Tuning Time: Histories of Sound and Speed. Visit his website at