Edward Jones-Imhotep wins 2017 Abbot Payson Usher Prize

Source: Y-File Article, Nov. 1, 2017

Edward Jones-Imhotep York University

Edward Jones-Imhotep

An article on Glenn Gould and the history of technology has earned York University Professor Edward Jones-Imhotep the prestigious 2017 Abbot Payson Usher Prize.

The Usher Prize is awarded for the best scholarly work published during the preceding three years under the auspices of the Society for the History of Technology.

Jones-Imhotep, a professor in the Department of History, was awarded the honour for his recent article “Malleability and Machines: Glenn Gould and the Technological Self.”  His article focuses on how the pianist Glenn Gould used recording media to create a new kind of listener.

“The article offers a new picture of an iconic artist and some suggestions for new ways to broaden how we think about the histories of technology,” said Jones-Imhotep. “My research provides a novel perspective on one of the most iconic musical artists of the 20th century.”

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