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Pascal Massinon

Doctoral Candidate in History

1029 Tisch Hall, Ann Arbor MI, 48109-1003

  • Fields of Study
    • US Since 1945
    • Political and cultural history
    • Media theory
  • About

    My dissertation project, “Participant Listeners: Home Taping and the Political Culture of Recording Technologies in the U.S.,” investigates the history of magnetic tape recording in relation to debates over aesthetic practice, copyright law, and the industrial organization of entertainment in the United States. From the 1950s, when reel-to-reel tape recorders entered the consumer market, to the late 1990s, when digital media began to supplant cassette tapes as the easiest way to reproduce recorded sounds, consumers’ use of magnetic tape provoked social and political conflicts over the value of recorded sounds and influenced changes within the structure of the recording industry.

  • Education
    • BA, History, University of Calgary, 2007
  • Grants
    • 2012-2013, National Archives, Center for Legislative Archives Fellowship. Washington, DC
    • 2012-2013, Rackham Humanities Research Dissertation Fellowship. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
  • Presentations
    • “A Nation of Tapeworms: Home Taping, Copyright Law, and Regulation in the U.S., 1979-1984,” The State and the Fourth Estate: Media in American History, Graduate Student American Political History Conference, Boston University, March 2012