Dr. Alexandra Supper
Assistant Professor Arts and Social Sciences, Technology & Society Studies, Maastricht University
Alexandra Supper is an assistant professor in the Department of Technology & Society Studies at Maastricht University. Trained in sociology and science and technology studies, she is particularly interested in studying the role of listening (and other bodily) practices, and discourses about listening, within science. She has published extensively – in her PhD dissertation, the Oxford Handbook of Sound Studies and various peer-reviewed journals – about the emergence of a scientific/artistic community dedicated to sonification, the auditory display of scientific data. In particular, she has researched how the sonification community seeks to establish the scientific legitimacy of an approach that involves listening to scientific data, and how in this process, the relationship between science and art, the meanings of ‘objectivity’ and the epistemological status of listening is negotiated.