Communication Studies

Groove is in the Heart: Researching Dance Music Cultures

Monday, March 28, 2016 - 11:00am to 1:45pm

MZ 214

Groove is in the Heart: Researching Dance Music Cultures

We bring together an international panel of DJs and recording artists who also work as scholars of popular music studies. These speakers will discuss various aspects of their work in dance music cultures. They will also address the challenges and rewards of combining academic work with artistic practices. Come see and hear this unique blend of perspectives!


  • Anna Gavanas runs the Meerkat Recording Label and publishes on European DJ culture. She is a vinyl DJ who specializes in electronica, dub, dancehall, italo disco and global dance music.

  • Larisa Kingston Mann is a Communication Research Fellow at Fordham University. As DJ Ripley she uses music to celebrate people’s experiences across race, ethnicity, gender and sexuality, highlighting the beauty of interconnecting.

  • Hillegonda C. Rietveld is Professor of Arts and Media at London South Bank University. Gonnie has DJed in dives, clubs and festival tents; she produced her first electronic dance music record in 1982, as member of Quando Quango.

  • Dr Rupert Till is Reader in Music at the University of Huddersfield, UK. He is UK Chair of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM). He produces and performs ambient techno, and publishes on dance music culture, celebrity, and sound archaeology.

  • tobias c. van Veen is a writer, sound-artist, technology art curator and turntablist. Tobias has edited special issues of Dancecult focused on Afrofuturism and the dub diaspora; his DJ mixes may be found at

Monday March 28th, 2016 at 11:00 a.m.

MZ 214

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