Dr Annie Jamieson

Dr Annie Jamieson

Postdoctoral Researcher

+44 (0)113 34 30463

Summary: History of hearing risk and hearing protection; late 19th-early 20th century history of medicine; medical technologies; history and philosophy of genetics; Science pedagogy

Location: Room 2.07, 3 Cavendish Road


I am currently developing a project on the history of hearing loss and hearing protection in the music and sound industries, called Audible Concerns. I want to explore how our understandings of the potential risk to hearing from music have developed, how, when and why various social and technological responses and solutions have emerged, and how those affected have responded to these solutions. I’m interested not just in “personal” protection, such as ear plugs, in-ear monitors etc. but also in how developments in the technology of live performance, such as PA system design, and venue design and management, have changed the sound environment for sound crews and artists both on and off stage, for better or worse. The study will include musicians, sound professionals, system and equipment designers and manufacturers, venue designers and managers, among others. Between October 2014 and March 2015 I ran an online survey to collect the views and experiences of those working in the music and sound industries and I will be presenting the results at the Audio Engineering Society Conference on Music-Induced Hearing Disorders in June 2015.

From 2012-2014 I was Research Fellow on the Genetics Pedagogies Project, in which I designed and delivered an experimental curriculum for an introductory genetics module for first year students, employing a historically-informed, interactionist emphasis (based partly on the unpublished work of the biometrician, W. F. R. Weldon). The effects of this new curriculum on students' views about genetic determinism were tested and compared with the views of students following the existing curriculum. 

Previously, I taught history of science, technology and medicine at Leeds. I was awarded my PhD in history of medicine and medical technologies in the department in 2010 and have since worked in academic skills advice at the University of Bradford. In 2011-12 I was a Research Associate at the Centre for History of Science, Technology and Medicine, University of Manchester.

Research Interests 

  • Development of hearing protection in the music industry
  • History of medical technologies
  • Medical imaging and visual culture
  • Late 19th-early 20th century history of medicine
  • History and philosophy of genetics and developmental biology
  • Science pedagogy

Selected Publications

2013. ‘More Than Meets the Eye: Revealing the Therapeutic Potential of Light, 1896–1910’, Social History of Medicine [online:doi:10.1093/shm/hkt/007]

2013. 'Putting Mendel in His Place: How Curriculum Reform in Genetics and Counterfactual History of Science Can Work Together' (with Greg Radick), in The Philosophy of Biology: A Companion for Educators, ed. Kostas Kampourakis, Dordrecht: Springer, pp. 577-95. Part of the Springer series ‘History, Philosophy and Theory of the Life Sciences’.


‘Uses of and attitudes towards hearing protection in the sound and music industries: results of a pilot survey’. Submitted to the Journal of the Audio Engineering Society in June 2015.

In preparation:

‘“An extreme aspect of the norm”: the troublesome standardization of human hearing’ (with Graeme Gooday) – to be submitted to Annals of Science in summer 2015.

 ‘The “exciter of life”: Finsen’s light therapy, lupus vulgaris and scientific medicine in Britain, 1890-1940’, in Transformative light: light technologies, bodies and culture. Ed. Tania Woloshyn, Melissa Miles and John Sadar – late Summer 2015.

Biology without Mendelism: W. F. R. Weldon’s Science of Heredity, including his previously unpublished Theory of Inheritance (with Greg Radick): a critical, scholarly edition of an unfinished manuscript by the English zoologist W. F. R. Weldon. 

'The Effects of Mendelian and Non-Mendelian Pedagogies on Student Attitudes to Genetic Determinism: A Report on the Leeds Experiment'. To be submitted to Science and Education.