Paolo Magaudda

Associate Professor in Sociology of Culture and Communication





Paolo Magaudda is Associate Professor in Sociology of Culture and Communication and works with the PaSTIS Research Unit at the Department FISPPA, where he teaches “Technology and Society” and “Sociology of consumption” and is supervisor of the teaching activities of the PhD in Social Sciences. His main research interests regard the relationship between society, culture and technology, and more specifically the use of technologies in everyday life, the evolution of digital media, bottom-up forms of innovation and technologies applied to the music sector.

His most recent books include: ““La musica nell’era digitale” (with T. Bonini, Il Mulino 2023, in italian), under translation in English for Palgrave; “Youth People and The Smartphone” (with M. Drusian and C.M. Scarcelli, Palgrave, 2022); “Media Digitali” (with G. Balbi, Laterza, 2021, in italian); “Studi sociali sula scienza e la tecnologia” (edited with F.Neresini, Il Mulino, in italian); “A History of Digital Media: An Intermedia and Global Perspective” (with G. Balbi, Routledge, 2018). He has co-founded and edited during more than a decade the open access journal “Tecnoscienza: the Italian Journal of Science & Technology Studies” and is currently Co-editor-in-Chief of the journal “Studi Culturali” (Il Mulino), is member of the International Advisory Board of “Dancecult” (Griffith University) and of the Editorial Board of “Sociologica” (Unibo). From 2013 to 2018 he served as Secretary of STS Italia, the Italian Society for the Social Study of Science & Technology.

Recent Publication

(2023) Platformed! How streaming, algorithms and artificial intelligence are shaping music cultures (with T. Bonini) Palgrave (in press).
(2023) La musica nell’era digitale, (with T. Bonini), Il Mulino.
(2022) Young People and the Smartphone Everyday Life on the Small Screen (with M. Drisian, and C.M. Scarcelli), Palgrave.
(2022) Co-Creazione e responsabilità nella innovazione tecnoscientifica dal basso, Milano, Mimesis (edited by, with S. Crabu and S. Arnaldi).
(2022) Warum die Geschichte digitaler Medien erforschen. Und wie? In C. Schwarzenegger, E. Koenen, C. Pentzold, T. Birkner e C. Katzenbach (ed by), Digitale Kommunikation und Kommunikationsgeschichte: Perspektiven, Potentiale, Problemfelder, Berlin, Digital Communication Research, pp. 31-61 (wth G. Balbi).
(2021) Smartphones, streaming platforms, and the infrastructuring of digital music practices, in A. Hennion and C. Levaux (ed by), Rethinking Music through Science and Technology Studies, London, Routledge, pp. 241-255.
(2021) Media digitali: la storia, i contesti le narrazioni (with G. Balbi), Laterza.
(2021) Infrastructures and Platforms in Media and Cultural Industries, in “Tecnoscienza: Italian Journal of Science & Technology Studies, 12(2), pp. 89-98 (with T. Bonini).
(2020) Studi Sociali sulla scienza e la tecnologia (edited by, with F. Nereisini), Bologna, il Mulino.
(2020) Platform Studies and Digital Cultural Industries (with M. Solaroli), in “Sociologica”, 14(3), pp. 267-293.
(2020) Populism, Music And The Media. The Sanremo Festival And The Circulation Of Populist Discourses, in “PArtecipazione e COnflitto”, 13(1), pp. 132-153.
(2020) Music Scenes as Infrastructures: From Live Venues to Algorithmic Data, in E. Barna e T. Tofalvy (ed by), Popular Music, Technology, and the Changing Media Ecosystem, London, Palgrave, pp. 23-41.