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Professor Thomas Irvine

Professor Thomas Irvine

Head of Department

Research interests

  • Global History of Music
  • Music and the Anthropocene
  • Science and Technology Studies

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Accepting applications from PhD students.

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Tom Irvine is a global historian of music from 1500 CE to the present. His current research focuses on global music history, historical sound studies and the use of machine learning techniques in jazz. He is the author of Listening to China: Sound and the Sino-Western Encounter 1770-1839 (University of Chicago Press, 2020) and the co-editor, with Neil Gregor, of Dreams of Germany: Musical Imaginaries from the Concert Hall to the Dance Floor (Berghahn, 2019).