Sean Nye

Provost's Postdoctoral Scholar in the Humanities

Postdoctoral Scholar

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


Sean Nye, a Provost’s Postdoctoral Scholar in the Humanities, 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, Dancecult: Journal of Electronic Dance Music Culture, Journal of Popular Music Studies, Echo: A Music-Centered Journal,Cultural Critique, and New Literary History. 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

Research Interests:

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


“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.