Pirate radio & public housing: Larisa Mann speaks this Thursday 3/10

exilic cultural spaces

Our fabulous Visiting Research Fellow Larisa Mann is speaking this Thursday, March 10 at 3pm at the Fordham Law School. It’s free and open to the public!

Exilic cultural spaces: How public housing and state neglect in England allowed pirate radio to flourish—and why it matters

Larisa Kingston Mann

Fordham Law School 3-06

March 10, 3pm

In England, illegal, unlicensed radio broadcasting has especially served the needs of communities excluded or looked down on by dominant culture and often neglected by British state-run radio’s mission – including immigrants, ethnic minorities, working-class and Black communities, and youth. Pirate radio’s existence at the borders of legality (or beyond) has also allowed cultural practices to flourish that were not welcome in dominant or official media, including DJ culture that involves unlicensed musical reuse as a fundamental creative practice. At the same time, the music fostered by these broadcasts has been extremely influential in popular music, and pirate radio persists to this day in British cities despite the availability of web radio broadcasting. These stations’ main history is in public housing projects whose geography, architecture, and social context all served to protect and foster a vibrant and expressive culture. It’s possible that exclusion and illegality, especially when combined with specific aspects of public infrastructure, can help foster communities’ culture on their own terms. Taking this seriously requires that we also question the extent to which digital radio is as capable of meeting community needs, or whether it will be a paradoxically more hostile environment for musics of marginalized people.

Dr. Larisa Kingston Mann is a Visiting Research Fellow at the McGannon Center for Communication Research, Fordham University. She has a PhD in Jurisprudence & Social Policy from UC Berkeley Law School and a M.Sc in Economic History from the London School of Economics. Her research addresses the ways that marginalized communities carve out spaces for culture-making, especially the legal, technological and physical contexts that shape how those spaces get made. This has led her to study illegal musical events from warehouse parties to pirate radio, and to research that challenges dominant framings of the value of visibility or exposure in surveillance and privacy discourse. Her experience is also informed by 20 years as a DJ playing underground music in the North America, the Caribbean, Europe, and South America. She has most recently published in Communication, Culture and Critique, Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies and the Journal of Popular Music Studies.

Co-Sponsored by the Urban Law Center

We’re super excited about this talk and hope to see you there!

Visiting scholar Larisa Mann interview

Our fabulous Larisa Mann is interviewed about the vast number of international cover versions of Adele’s smash hit “Hello”:

“I think people like to kind of speak back to the dominance of English language pop, everywhere,” she told me. “And there’s kind of a thrill in doing that.”

Dr. Mann told me about an old practice in Jamaica — when people pressed records, they would include an instrumental track on the B-side — specifically so that those who bought it could sing the song themselves.

In March, Dr. Mann will be giving a lecture on her research on how public housing and state neglect in England allowed pirate radio to flourish and why it matters. We’ll post information once it’s finalized.

Introducing McGannon Visiting Research Fellows for Fall 2015

It is my pleasure to introduce our fantastic Visiting Research Fellows for 2015-2016.

Larisa Kingston Mann (PhD, Jurisprudence and Social Policy, UC Berkeley Law School, M.Sc London School of Economics).
LMannCombining scholarship, teaching, journalism, mentoring, and activism with professional & community-based artistic practices, Dr. Mann enriches practical and professional experience with critical analysis and ethnographic research methods — and vice versa. Her scholarship and teaching interests include: analyzing how changing global media infrastructures affect creative communities, and examining the relationship between law, sovereignty, and creativity. Mann’s work addresses how marginalized and exploited communities use cultural practices to survive and flourish, and how legal, social, and business institutions interact with the goals and needs of marginalized people. On these and other topics she has addressed business, scholarly, creative, activist, and policy audiences, as well as been an advisor in legal cases. Her recent work includes “What can feminism learn from new media?” in Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies; “White faces in intimate spaces: Jamaican dancehall in global circulation” in Communication Culture and Critique, and “Decolonizing Networked Technology: Lessons from the Dancehall” in Transnational Culture In The Internet Age. She is currently working on projects that address how marginalized communities define their needs in the context of digital privacy and security, and on the survival of terrestrial pirate radio and ethnic radio.

 

David F. Donnelly (Ph.D., MA., UnQuinnipiac University Head Shotsiversity of Massachusetts, Amherst.)

Dr. Donnelly’s research focuses on the impact of technological innovation.  His work on the future of media and the future of education and technology appears in numerous journals and popular press publications.  He has contributed to seven books on the media and has produced and directed numerous video programs, including Visual Velocity, which aired on PBS stations across the Southwest.

He has a broad background in media education.  He served as the former Dean of the School of Communications at Quinnipiac University, and Associate Professor of Communications at the University of Houston.

 

Both Dr. Mann and Dr. Donnelly will be giving public talks at Fordham this year which we will announce on this blog. We welcome both visiting fellows to the McGannon and Fordham communities and look forward to their contributions.