Benjamin Düster, PhD

Benjamin Duester is a cultural sociologist. He received his PhD from Griffith University in 2021 and subsequently worked as a resident adjunct at the Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research examining the significance of music’s materiality in the digital age, DIY music cultures and the political ecology of music. His monograph entitled Cassette Tape: The Hybrid Format in the Digital Age, based on data gathered during extensive fieldwork in Australia, Japan and the USA,is forthcoming with Bloomsbury. As part of the SoundKnowledge research team, Ben investigates how colonial trauma and the aftermath of nuclear bomb tests on the Marshall Islands are processed through music.