Sound Studies Group

This is the Sound Studies Group at the SUSTech School of Design, Shenzhen. It is led by Dr. Qiushi Xu and Dr. Marcel Zaes Sagesser. Our research focuses on sound in relationship with technology, the environment, and human listening. It includes sound technology, sound studies, Human Computer Interaction (HCI), sound design, philosophy of science and technology, spatial audio, interactive audio, and creative media. The output of this team is published in prestigious international journals, at domestic and international conferences, and at international exhibitions and concert halls.

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XU Qiushi


Dr. Qiushi XU, Assistant Professor of the School of Design at Southern University of Science and Technology, is a scholar of Sound Studies and STS (Science and Technology Studies/Science, Technology, and Society). Her main research fields include Sound Studies, STS, Anthropology and Gender Studies. Dr.XU was a Junior Fellow in the Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts at SUSTech. She received her Ph.D. in Philosophy of Science and Technology from Tsinghua University, China and was in a joint Ph.D. program in the Department of Science and Technology Studies at Cornell University, U.S.A. She obtained a MA in Cultural and Creative Industries at King's College London, UK, and got a BA in Recording Arts (Sound Director) and a BA in Journalism in Communication University of China. Dr.XU has been actively participating in and organizing international academic activities in the areas of Sound Studies and STS. She has been working on Studies on Sound Technology and Sound Art, STS of the Sound of Musical Instruments, Noise and Environmental Studies, Philosophy of Design & Philosophy of Technology, Sound Design in AI Industries, Studies on Sound and Gender, and Studies on Sound, Body and Medicine. Dr. XU devotes herself to delving the new and fast developing interdisciplinary field of Sound Studies. It is her academic ambition to do fascinating and tasteful research. In addition to academic research, she also loves the writing of non-academic essay with paying attention to mass culture and social reality.

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