Harry Burson is a PhD candidate in Film & Media with a Designated Emphasis in New Media at UC Berkeley. He works in the areas of digital media, sound studies, and film and media theory. His dissertation, “The World in Stereo: A Genealogy of Immersive Media,” which examines the development of digital media through the methods of sound studies, arguing that listening cultures have shaped both our understanding of and embodied relationship to networked technologies.
At Berkeley, he co-organized the conferences Medium/Environment and High/Low: Taste, Quality, and Resolution in Film and Media. He also was an organizer of the Unintelligible: Noise Against Capture Conference at UC Santa Cruz as a founding member of the University of California Humanities Research Institute “Critical Research in Sound Studies” Working Group. For three years, he coordinated the Townsend Center working groups on Sound Studies and Film at Berkeley. He teaches courses in the fields of digital media and film, and is the recipient of UC Berkeley’s Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award.
His research has been supported by fellowships from the Lemelson Center of Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, the Baird Society, The Linda Hall Library of Science and Technology, and the University of California Humanities Research Institute.