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Executive Committee



Mary Fogarty Woehrel is Associate Professor in the Department of Dance at York University and Graduate Program Director in Dance Studies (MA/PhD). She is cross-appointed to Communication & Culture, Sociology, and Theatre & Performance Studies.

Her current research considers posture in popular and punk performances from a sociological perspective; personal hip hop archives; the relationship between music and dance in everyday life; and popular dance practices broadly defined.

Woehrel co-edited the first special edition on dance (5.1) for Performance Matters journal with Alana Gerecke (2019) and co-edited the anthology Movies, Music and Moves: The Sonic World of Dance Films (Equinox, 2016) with Mark Evans. She has contributed chapters and articles to: The Oxford Handbook of Dance and the Popular ScreenThe Routledge Reader on the Sociology of MusicThe Oxford Handbook of Dance CompetitionsJournal of Media and Cultural StudiesJournal of Popular Music EducationNeurocase, and the anthology Ageing and Youth Cultures.  (Many of the publications can be found under the name “Mary Fogarty”)



Martin Lussier.

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Brittany Greening is a PhD student in Communications and Media Studies at Carleton University. She holds BEd in Secondary Music from the University of Alberta, an MA Musicology and a Certificate in University Teaching and Learning, both from Dalhousie University, which reflect her continued interest in music pedagogy and teaching practice. Her current projects include a chapter regarding the experiences of Goldie and the Gingerbreads – the first all-female rock ‘n’ roll group to be signed to a major label – in the upcoming edited collection Hidden Narratives: The Untold Stories of Women in Vernacular Music. Her dissertation research focuses on the characteristics of music scenes in Canadian urban locations and aims to develop a comprehensive understanding of the shared elements of productive Canadian scenes. The intention of this research is to inform urban planning and municipal policy in such a way that supports the development of productive music scenes in up-and-coming Canadian cities.


Brian Fauteux is Assistant Professor of Popular Music and Media Studies at the University of Alberta. He holds a PhD in Communication from Concordia (Montreal) and has completed a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship in Media & Cultural Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is currently researching satellite radio, independent music, and the constitution of culture through private and mobile listening practices. His book, Music in Range: The Culture of Canadian Campus Radio (Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2015), explores the history of Canadian campus radio, highlighting the factors that have shaped its close relationship with local music and culture. The book traces how campus radio practitioners have expanded stations from campus borders to surrounding musical and cultural communities by acquiring FM licenses and establishing community-based mandates.



Melissa Avdeeff is a Senior Lecturer in Communications, Culture, and Media at Coventry University. Her research is located at the intersections of music, technology, and society. Graduating in 2011 from the University of Edinburgh, Melissa’s dissertation examined iPod culture and eclecticism of musical tastes, and the impacts on identity formation, as well as the perceived sociability of mobile music playback technology. Recently, she has published book chapters on: Beyoncé’s Instagram use and presentation of self; the critical reception of the Twilight Saga soundtracks and trivialization of girl fandom; and Beyoncé’s ‘7/11’ and the importance of the YouTube reaction video in the evolution of girl/bedroom culture.

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Steven Baur is an Associate Professor of Music in the Fountain School of Performing Arts at Dalhousie University in Halifax. He holds a PhD in Musicology from UCLA and has published widely on topics in nineteenth- and twentieth-century music from both “classical” and “popular” traditions. His work appears in the Journal of the American Musicological SocietyPopular Music and SocietyAmerican MusicNineteenth-Century Music Review, and the New Grove Dictionary of American Music, and he has co-edited two books. He is currently working on a book investigating the cultural history of the backbeat in American popular music. Baur is also an accomplished drummer with dozens of recordings and live performances to his credit, including four LPs with the Sorrys, with whom he performs regularly in Halifax.