Mara Mills is cooperation partner of the network Dis-/Abilities and Digital Media.
Mara Mills is Associate Professor of Media, Culture and Communication at New York University, where she co-founded and co-directs the Center for Disability Studies. She is a founding editor of the journal Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, Technoscience. She has co-edited a special issue of Grey Room on “Audio/Visual” as well as the anthology Testing Hearing: The Making of Modern Aurality (forthcoming July 2020 from Oxford University Press). Her book On the Phone: Hearing Loss and Communication Engineering (forthcoming from Duke University Press) argues the significance of phonetics and deaf education to the emergence of “communication engineering” in early twentieth-century telephony. This concept and set of practices later gave rise to information theory, digital coding and cybernetics — along with new electroacoustic tools and a revised understanding of human speech and hearing. Mills is currently working on the history of optical character recognition and, with Jonathan Sterne, she is co-authoring a book titled Tuning Time: Histories of Sound and SpeedMore information can be found at her website: