Dr Diana Chester

BA (Mount Holyoke College), MA (Columbia University), PhD (University of Porto)
Lecturer in Media Production: Audio &
Video

A20 - John Woolley Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone 02 9114 2199
Website Women In Sound Women On Sound
DianaChester.com

Biographical details

I am a media artist, sound studies scholar, and ethnographer, specializing in the recording and documentation of religious recitations and festivals. I focus on the Theyyam Festival in the Malabar region of Kerala India, and the Islamic Call to Prayer. I am currently working on developing an archive of vernacular photographs, documents, and oral histories of the Lipka Tatar community in Brooklyn, New York. Themes of my research include sonic and digital ethnographic practice, transmedia composition, and the exploration of artistic responses to archival materials. I also publish on arts pedagogy focusing on the fusion of practice and theory.

Research interests

  • Sound and Culture
  • Sound Studies
  • The Islamic Call to Prayer
  • Oral Histories
  • Vernacular Photography
  • Ethnomusicology
  • Composition
  • Ethnography
  • Sound Design

Teaching and supervision

  • MECO3609 Critical Practice in Media, Cluster in Digital Narratives (UG)
  • MECO6941 Podcasting (PG)

Current projects

  • The American Mohammadan Association Archive Project
  • Theyyam Festival Oral History Recording Project and Community Art Initiative
  • Women in Sound Women on Sound
  • Sound Mapping the Call to Prayer: A web-based, crowd sourced collection of sound recordings of the call to prayer recorded around the world
  • Sounding the Islamic Call to Prayer, a book that autobiographically looks at Ethnographic first encounters recording the Azhan in communities around the world

Associations

  • International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives

Awards and honours

  • Visiting Scholar, New York University
  • Fellow, American India Foundation

Selected publications

Download citations: PDF RTF Endnote

Journals

  • Chester, D. (2018). Sonic Landscapes: Field Recording as Ethnographic Research. Journal of Sonic Studies, 16.
  • Stalla, H., Chester, D. (2016). Acquisition as Appropriation: From the Parthenon to the Abu Dhabi Guggenheim. Affirmations: Of the Modern, 4(1), 127-142.
  • Stalla, H., Chester, D. (2015). Artists, Archivist, and Community. IASA Journal, 45, 59-61.

Conferences

  • Chester, D. (2012). The telematic learning environment: Experiences and outcomes teaching via network audio. 2012 3rd IEEE/IET International Conference on Audio, Language and Image Processing, ICALIP 2012, China: IEEE Computer Society. [More Information]

2018

  • Chester, D. (2018). Sonic Landscapes: Field Recording as Ethnographic Research. Journal of Sonic Studies, 16.

2016

  • Stalla, H., Chester, D. (2016). Acquisition as Appropriation: From the Parthenon to the Abu Dhabi Guggenheim. Affirmations: Of the Modern, 4(1), 127-142.

2015

  • Stalla, H., Chester, D. (2015). Artists, Archivist, and Community. IASA Journal, 45, 59-61.

2012

  • Chester, D. (2012). The telematic learning environment: Experiences and outcomes teaching via network audio. 2012 3rd IEEE/IET International Conference on Audio, Language and Image Processing, ICALIP 2012, China: IEEE Computer Society. [More Information]

For support on your academic profile contact .