Sean Nye


  • Program:
  • Division:
    Scholarly and Professional Studies
  • Expertise:
    Electronic Music, Science Fiction, Sound Studies


Sean Nye, a Provost’s Postdoctoral Scholar in the Humanities (2013-15), received his PhD in Comparative Studies in Discourse and Society from the University of Minnesota in April 2013. Nye has been a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Copenhagen, a DAAD fellow at the Humboldt University of Berlin, and a fellow of the Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies at the Free University of Berlin. His articles, reviews, and translations have appeared in, among others, Journal of Popular Music Studies, Echo: A Music-Centered Journal, Dancecult: Journal of Electronic Dance Music Culture, and Cultural Critique. Nye is currently working on two research projects; he is developing his dissertation, Teutonic Time-Slip: Travels in Electronic Music, Technology, and German Identity, 1968-2009, into a book manuscript and writing a monograph on music and sound in the works of Philip K. Dick.

Professional experience

Honors, Awards & Competitions:

  • Fulbright Fellowship, 2003-2004
  • Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) Graduate Fellowship, 2008-2009
  • Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies, Fellowship, 2009-2010
  • University of Minnesota, Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, 2010-2011
  • Best Dissertation in the Arts and Humanities, University of Minnesota, 2014

Research Interests:

  • Electronic music
  • Science fiction
  • Cultural musicology and sound studies
  • Film and TV music/sound
  • German studies
  • Theodor W. Adorno
  • Philip K. Dick


“The Love Parade: European Techno, the EDM Festival, and the Tragedy in Duisburg” (co-authored with Ronald Hitzler), in The Pop Festival: History, Music, Media, Culture, ed. George McKay (London: Bloomsbury, 2015): 115-28.

Hartmut Esslinger,” in Immigrant Entrepreneurship: German-American Business Biographies, 1720 to the Present, vol. 5, ed. R. Daniel Wadhwani (Washington DC: German Historical Institute, 2015).

“Minimal Understandings: The Berlin Decade, The Minimal Continuum, and Debates on the Legacy of German Techno,” Journal of Popular Music Studies 25, no. 2(2013): 154-84.

“What is Teutonic? An Update on the German Question,” in Böse, Macht, Musik: Zur Ästhetik des Bösen in der Musik, ed. Katharina Wisotzki and Sara R. Falke (Bielefeld: Transcript 2012): 113-30.

“Headphone-Headset-Jetset: DJ Culture, Mobility and Science Fictions of Listening,” Dancecult: Journal of Electronic Dance Music Culture 3, no. 1 (2011): 45-77.

“Where is Duisburg? An LP Postscript,” with Ronald Hitzler, Dancecult: Journal of Electronic Dance Music Culture 2, no. 1. Special Issue: The Ruhr Valley Love Parade (2011).

“From Punk to the Musical: South Park, Music, and the Cartoon Format,” in Music In Television: Channels of Listening, ed. James Deaville (London: Routledge, 2011): 143-64.

“Love Parade, Please Not Again: A Berlin Cultural History.” Echo: A Music-Centered Journal. University of California, Los Angeles (Fall 2009): online.