Workshop: Dance Music, Diverse Perspectives
Dr Luis-Manuel Garcia (University of Birmingham) and Dr Maria Witek (Aarhus University) will be guest presenters at Dance Music, Diverse Perspectives.
Electronic dance music engages scholars across the world in a wide range of academic fields, spanning the music-theorietical, neuroscientific, philosophical, and more. The goal of this small workshop is to take our common research interest as a departure point for conversations that might otherwise never occur, between scholars who might otherwise never meet. In what ways can such an “undisciplined” approach to researching dance music—where our starting points, paradigms, methodologies, and vocabularies differ so substantially—be fruitful? What and how might we learn from each other?
12:30 – Coffee and light refreshments
13:00 – Welcome by Prof. Stan Hawkins
13:20 – Introduction by Dr. Tami Gadir
13:35 – Break
13:45 – Dr. Maria Witek
14:45 – Break
15:00 – Dr. Luis-Manuel Garcia
16:00 – Break
16:15 – Discussion
16:45 – Refreshments
Dr Luis-Manuel Garcia, Lecturer in Ethnomusicology and Popular Music Studies, University of Birmingham, UK.
Luis-Manuel Garcia researches electronic dance music scenes (e.g., house, techno, etc.), with a special focus on issues of affect, sexuality, tourism, and the creative industries. His ethnographic fieldwork focuses primarily on Berlin, Germany. He is also an active member of the queer-forward, women-led Room 4 Resistance collective, which organises electronic music events that feature femme-identified, queer, non-binary, and trans artists as well as artists of colour.
Dr Maria Witek, Assistant Professor, Department of Clinical Medicine - Center for Music in the Brain, Aarhus University, Denmark.
Maria A. G. Witek is Assistant Professor at Center for Music in the Brain, Dept. of Clinical Medicine, Aarhus University & Royal Academy of Music, Aarhus/Aalborg, Denmark. Her research addresses the psychology, phenomenology and cognitive neuroscience of rhythm, body-movement and pleasure in groove music, using methods such as brain imaging, motion-capture and music analysis. She has won a number of awards, most recently the Adam Krims Memorial Prize from the Society for Music Analysis.