Tami Gadir

Postdoctoral Fellow - Department of Musicology
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Research Activity

I specialise in the sociology, sounds and cultures of contemporary, electronically-produced dance music.

Past: My research to date has explored relationships between musical participation and the aesthetic and political ideologies embodied through this participation. Within this, I have paid particular attention to the influence of sound on bodily experience and movement.

Current: My postdoctoral project examines the phenomenon of gender in dance music culture, with a focus on the gendered experiences and reception of DJs. My approach includes interviews over Skype with women-identifying DJs across continents, and engaging with current theories of gender, music, and agency. I have a special interest in alternative feminist theories, including (but not limited to): black feminism; gut feminism; object-oriented feminism; and cyberfeminism.

Future: Some of my broader research aspirations include theories of utopia and dystopia in music practice; music in conflict settings; and music and dance on the global 'peripheries'. 


Supervision Topics

Sociology of music 

Music and gender

Music and agency

Music technology

Music and dance

Music in conflicts, activism, and diplomacy

Dance music and DJ cultures



Teaching (in English)

Courses organised

Gender and Music 

Bachelor: http://www.uio.no/studier/emner/hf/imv/MUS2007/

Master: http://www.uio.no/studier/emner/hf/imv/MUS4007/


Current Musicological Research. Electronic Dance Music: Technologies, Sounds, and Cultures  

Bachelor: http://www.uio.no/studier/emner/hf/imv/MUS2500/

Master: http://www.uio.no/studier/emner/hf/imv/MUS4500/


Contributions to other courses



I received my PhD in 2014 from the University of Edinburgh, supervised by Prof. Simon Frith and Dr. Annette Davison

My previous education includes a Bachelor of Music majoring in composition and piano performance, and a Bachelor of Arts majoring in sociology, from the University of New South Wales. My musical education was exclusively in the area of classical /art music until I shifted my focus to the study of dance music and DJ cultures in 2010.



DJing has been an integral component of my research: https://www.mixcloud.com/tamisounds/

Tags: Music and Society, Popular Music, Musicology, Music and Movement, Music Technology, Music and Media, Musical Aesthetics


Gadir, T. (2017) ‘"I Don't Play Girly House Music": Women, Sonic Stereotyping and the Dancing DJ´, in Hawkins, S. (ed.) The Routledge Research Companion to Popular Music and Gender. London & New York: Routledge, 196–210.
Gadir, T. (2016) 'Resistance or Reiteration: rethinking gender in DJ cultures', Contemporary Music Review, 35(1), 115–129.     
Hanley, F., Gadir, T. and Noy, I. (2015) ‘Conversing ‘trina chéile’’, in Sellberg, K., Wånggren, L. and Aghtan, K. (eds) Corporeality and Cultures: Bodies in Movement. Aldershot: Ashgate, 9–20. http://www.ashgate.com/isbn/9781472421272

Gadir, T. (2013) ‘Techno Intersections: An Aural Account of Research in Edinburgh’, Dancecult, 5(1). Available at: https://dj.dancecult.net/index.php/dancecult/article/view/358/363.




Forty-Seven DJs, Four Women: Meritocracy, Talent, and Postfeminist Politics, in Dancecult.

"An Analysis of Agency from Decks and Dance Floor", Music Theory Online.


  • Gadir, Tami (2017). I Don't Play Girly House Music: Women, Sonic Stereotyping and the Dancing DJ, In  The Routledge Research Companion to Popular Music and Gender.  Routledge.  ISBN 9781472456830.  Chapter 14.  s 196 - 210
  • Gadir, Tami (2016). Resistance or Reiteration? Rethinking Gender in DJ Cultures. Contemporary Music Review.  ISSN 0749-4467.  35(1), s 115- 129 . doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/07494467.2016.1176767
  • Hanley, Fiona; Gadir, Tami & Noy, Irene (2015). Conversing ‘trina chéile’, In Karin Sellberg; Lena Wånggren & Kamillea Aghtan (ed.),  Corporeality and Culture: Bodies in Movement.  Ashgate.  ISBN 978-1-4724-2127-2.  Chapter 1.  s 9 - 20
  • Gadir, Tami (2013). Techno Intersections: An Aural Account of Research in Edinburgh. Dancecult: Journal of Electronic Dance Music Culture.  ISSN 1947-5403.  5(1) . doi: 10.12801/1947-5403.2013.05.01.12

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  • Gadir, Tami (2016, 10. september). "Contemporary Music Review explores gender equality behind the DJ music scene" . [Internett].  The Girl: A Blog for the Modern Day Woman.
  • Gadir, Tami (2016, 25. oktober). «Feminin sound» = dårlig dansemusikk? . [Internett].  Kilden, kjønnsforskning.no.
  • Gadir, Tami (2016). Gendering Technologies, Racialising Bodies: Challenging Assumptions in the Theory and Practice of Dance Music and DJing.
  • Gadir, Tami (2016, 05. august). It’s hard to be a ‘Girl DJ’ - Exploring gender (in)equality behind the scenes of the Music industry. [Tidsskrift].  http://newsroom.taylorandfrancisgroup.com/S=7dade3d4a668f202.
  • Gadir, Tami (2016, 07. november). Kvinnelige DJar vert diskriminerte . [Radio].  NRK Kulturnytt.
  • Gadir, Tami (2016). The Gendered Turntable: women DJs and their machines.
  • Gadir, Tami (2016). Traversing Asymmetries: Conversing with Women who DJ.
  • Gadir, Tami (2016). What is 21st Century musical instrument?.
  • Gadir, Tami (2016). “Women in Electronic Music” .
  • Gadir, Tami (2015). The Techno Magician: DJing, Gender and the Glass Ceiling.
  • Gadir, Tami (2015). Underground, Overrated: Gender Normativity in Dance Music and DJ cultures.
  • Gadir, Tami (2014). Analysing Agency: Perspectives from the DJ Booth.
  • Gadir, Tami (2014). Decks are Different: Dance Music, Turntablism and the DJ.
  • Gadir, Tami (2012). Creativity and its Constraints in Contemporary Club Cultures.
  • Gadir, Tami (2011). Addressing the 'Dance' in Dance Music: methodology, format and the idea of performance.
  • Gadir, Tami (2011). How Does the Music Move You? Ethnography, Music Analysis and Aesthetics in the Study of Contemporary Nightclub Dance Music.
  • Gadir, Tami; Hanley, Fiona & Noy, Irene (2011). Stepping out and into rhythms: moving corporeal inquiries from music, art history and cultural studies.

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Published Jan. 16, 2015 8:36 AM - Last modified Apr. 18, 2017 1:04 PM