Leendert van der Miesen, M.A.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Main Focus

  • Relationship between music and science
  • Media Studies
  • Sound Studies
  • Mobility and cultural encounter
  • Music of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries

Research project

Die visuelle Welt der frühneuzeitlichen Akustik, 1660–1718

Publications (Selection)

  • “Unbelievably Hard Work: Marin Mersenne’s Harmonie Universelle at the Printer”, in Early Printed Music and Material Culture in Central and Western Europe, ed. by Andrea Lindmayr-Brandl and Grantley Macdonald, London 2021, pp. 231–244.
  • “The Echo in Early Acoustics: Between the Natural World and the Academy”, Sound Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 6, 2 (2020), pp. 196–214.
  • (Ed. with mit Viktoria Tkaczyk) “Sonic Things: Knowledge Formation in Flux,” Sound Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 6, 2 (2020).

Curriculum Vitae

Leendert van der Miesen has studied Musicology and Art Studies at the University of Amsterdam and went on to do his PhD in musicology at the Humboldt University of Berlin. His PhD project “Harmonies at Work: Marin Mersenne and the Study of Music in the Early Modern Period” dealt with the French scholar and music theorist Marin Mersenne (1588–1648) and his circle, investigating the production of new research tools, practices, and materials in musical and acoustical discourse in the early seventeenth century. He has conducted his research within the Berlin Collaborative Research Centre 980: Episteme in Motion and was a predoctoral fellow and guest researcher at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science. Together with Viktoria Tkaczyk he edited a special issue of Sound Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal entitled “Sonic Things: Knowledge Formation in Flux” on the relationships between sound, materiality, and knowledge. He has published on music printing, acoustical experiments, and echoes.

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