Photograph by Christina Webber
I am a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Cyprus, working as part of the European Research Council Consolidator Grant "Soundscapes of Trauma: Music, Sound and the Ethics of Witnessing" (MUTE).

Among other outputs, my three-year research project will result in the first book-length empirical and theoretical account of the relationship between music, sound, violence, torture, and imprisonment.

My doctoral thesis, funded by the UK’s Arts and Humanities Research Council via WRoCAH, explored headphone listening through a phenomenological lens, with emphasis on individuals’ experiences of embodied space, mediated social relations, and the materiality of technology.

You can find me, as well as my most up-to-date CV, on


For citations, my (only) surname is Downs, listed under "D". Kingsbury is my middle name.


Headphones, Auditory Violence, and the Sonic Flooding of Corporeal Space”.   
Body & Society, 27(3), 58–86.

Acoustic Territories of the Body: Headphone Listening, Embodied Space, and the Phenomenology of Sonic Homeliness”. Journal of Sonic Studies, 21.

A Textbook Social History of Musical Media Technology”. Review of Sounds, Screens, Speakers: an Introduction to Music and Media, by Charles Fairchild (London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2019). Sound Studies, 6(2), 265–268.
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