Black Geographies Specialty Group Inaugural Plenary by DJ Lynnée Denise: DJ Scholarship: A Methodology for Sonic Liberation Work

Type: Panel
Theme: Black Geographies
Sponsor Groups: Black Geographies Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/13/2018
Start / End Time: 5:20 PM / 7:00 PM (Eastern Standard Time)
Room: Napoleon C3, Sheraton 3rd Floor
Organizers: LaToya Eaves
Chairs: LaToya Eaves


The Black Geographies Specialty Group is proud to host Lynnée Denise for our inaugural plenary session - "DJ Scholarship: A Methodology for Sonic Liberation Work".

DJ Lynnée Denise will discuss the elements of DJ Scholarship, a term she coined to explain DJ culture as a mix-mode research practice, both performative and subversive in its ability to shape and define social experiences, shifting the public perception of the role of a DJ from being purveyor of party music to an archivist and information specialist. The talk will include a screening of her latest film project Electric Ring Shout. The film offers elements of the DJ mix tape, provides sonic and visual contextualization of the rhythmic pulse, known as "The One,” and explores music migration and diasporic dialogue as embodied through dance and movement.

Lynnée Denise is an artist and scholar who was developed as a DJ by her parent’s record collection. Her work is inspired by underground cultural movements, the 1980s, migration studies, theories of escape, and electronic music of the African Diaspora. She’s the product of the Historically Black Fisk University with a MA from the historically radical San Francisco State University Ethnic Studies Department. DJ Lynnée Denise is a Visiting Artist at the California State University Los Angeles Pan African Studies Department.


Type Details Minutes
Introduction LaToya Eaves Middle Tennessee State University 10
Introduction Danielle Purifoy Duke University 10
Panelist Lynnee Bonner Cal State Los Angeles 40
Discussant Aretina Hamilton Georgia Gwinnett College - Lawrenceville, GA 10
Discussant LaToya Eaves Middle Tennessee State University 10

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