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Daniel Gilfillan is associate professor of German studies at Arizona State University in the School of International Letters and Cultures, senior sustainability scholar in the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, and faculty affiliate in Film and Media Studies, Jewish Studies, and English. His primary area of research engages the relationships between sound, media, and the perception of experience. Gilfillan has published widely on German and Austrian radio and sound art, and on the history of the radio in Germany as an experimental art medium, Pieces of Sound: German Experimental Radio, (Minnesota, 2009). He is currently working on a book The Unsung Planet: Resilience, Resonance, and Our Sonic Imagination. This new book explores relationships between sound and the environment and invites readers into a more attentive awareness of the sonic dimensions of the Earth. It examines the role and centrality of sound for understanding the complex interconnections within sustainability practice and the equally complex interactions between humans and other ecosystem populations (animals, landscapes, geologies, and atmospheres). In addition, he is co-editing and translating (with Solveig Ottmann) a volume of essays written by Weimar-era radio producer, Hans Flesch with the title Before Brecht: Hans Flesch and Weimar-Era Radio Theory.

Research interests

  • 20th-Century German Studies
  • Radio
  • Holocaust Studies
  • Film/Media Studies
  • Jewish Studies
  • Environmental Humanities, Ecocriticism, Indigenous Studies
  • Sound Studies


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