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Peer-reviewed journal on electronic dance music cultures to launch

Date: 20 August 2009

A new e-journal on global electronic dance music cultures is to be launched in September 2009. Dr Karenza Moore, Lecturer in Criminology,Lancaster University,is the journal's first Reviews Editor.

Dancecult is a peer-reviewed, open-access e-journal for the study of electronic dance music culture (EDMC). A platform for interdisciplinary scholarship on the shifting terrain of EDMCs worldwide, the journal houses research exploring the sites, technologies, and cultures of electronic music in historical and contemporary perspectives. Playing host to studies of emergent forms of electronic music production, performance, distribution, and reception, as a portal for cutting-edge research on the relation between bodies, technologies, and cyberspace, as a medium through which the cutural politics of dance is critically investigated, and as a venue for innovative multimedia projects, Dancecult is the forum for research on EDMCs.From dancehall to raving, club cultures to sound systems, disco to techno, breakbeat to psytrance, hip hop to dub-step, IDM to noisecore, nortec to bloghouse, global EDMCs are a shifting spectrum of scenes, genres, and aesthetics. What is the role of ethnicity, gender, sexuality, class, religion and spirituality in these formations? How have technologies, mind alterants, and popular culture conditioned this proliferation, and how has electronic music filtered into cinema, literature and everyday life? How does existing critical theory enable understanding of EDMCs, and how might the latter challenge the assumptions of our inherited heuristics? What is the role of the DJ in diverse genres, scenes, subcultures, and/or neotribes? As the journal of the international EDMC research network, Dancecult welcomes submissions from scholars addressing these and related inquiries in the fields of anthropology, cultural studies, sociology, ethnomusicology, popular music studies, history, media and communications studies, politics, legal studies, criminology, studies in religion and other fields.Besides editorials, featured articles (5000-8000 words), and book/ film reviews (1500 words), the journal will publish articles "from the floor", i.e. shorter peer-reviewed pieces, which include field reports, mini-ethnographies, and interviews (1000-3000 words). Solicited by the editors, Dancecult will also feature Conversations designed to provoke dialogue concerning contemporary issues in the field. DJEDMC will be published biannually.The journal features an advisory board of international experts, and has emerged as an extension of the international EDMC research network Dancecult (which has a home at

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Associated staff: Karenza Moore

Associated departments and research centres: Applied Social Science

Keywords: Clubbing, Drugs, Media, Music, Sociology, Youth