Andrea F. Bohlman F'16, G'09

Andrea F. Bohlman
Associate Professor
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

ACLS Fellowship Program 2016
Assistant Professor
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Fragile Sound, Quiet History: Music and Unofficial Media in Communist Poland

This project illuminates the intersection of creativity and materiality across three vibrant amateur sound recording networks in twentieth-century East Central Europe: reel-to-reel recordings in the 1950s, homemade records in the 1960s and 1970s, and cassette tapes in the 1980s. Responding to the material losses of World War II and the constraints of state socialism in Poland, untrained recordists took recourse to sound media to command agency. Amateurs embraced the impermanence of these flimsy and malleable materials in order to create places for music in everyday life. Their work issues a challenge to the assumption that recording is a tangible means to counter sound’s ephemerality and exposes the importance of aural culture under communism.

East European Studies Program Language Grants to Individuals for Summer Study 2009
Doctoral Candidate
Harvard University

The John Paul II Catholic university of Lublin School of Polish Language and Culture