Susan Fast is Professor in the Department of English and Cultural Studies at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada and Director of the Graduate Program in Gender Studies & Feminist Research. She is a musicologist whose primary area of research is popular music since World War II. Her areas of expertise include representations of gender and sexuality, race and ethnicity, constructions of self and other, performance and performativity, and geopolitical violence/conflict in contemporary popular music. She is author of In the Houses of the Holy: Led Zeppelin and the Power of Rock Music (Oxford, 2001), Michael Jackson: Dangerous (Bloomsbury, 33 1/3 series, 2014), co-editor (with Kip Pegley) of Music, Violence and Politics (Welselyan, 2012) and co-editor (with Craig Jennex) of the forthcoming Hearing the Political: Queer & Feminist Interventions in Popular Music Performance (Routledge, 2018)
Craig Jennex recently completed his PhD in English & Cultural Studies and Gender Studies & Feminist Research at McMaster University. His work explores feminist and queer politics in contemporary popular music. A classical trained percussion and working drummer, Craig pays particular attention to the use of drums and percussion in pop music and articulates alternative forms of time and temporality in both musical sound and society more broadly. His work is published in Popular Music and Society, Topia: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies, GUTS: A Canadian Feminist Magazine, and the Routledge Research Companion to Popular Music and Gender, among others. He is the music collections coordinator at the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives in Toronto.
Daniel Akira Stadnicki is a PhD Candidate in Ethnomusicology at the University of Alberta, where he teaches courses in both popular and world music studies. Supported by a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship, his dissertation focuses on musical narratives of Iranian Baha'i religious persecution. Daniel is currently serving as Student Representative on both the IASPM-Canada Executive and the Society for Ethnomusicology Council. He has presented internationally on a range of topics on popular music pedagogy, devotional musicking, the world music industries, protest music, and drum kit performance studies. He currently resides in Edmonton with his family and continues to record, perform, and tour internationally as a professional drummer/percussionist.
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 an Assistant Teaching Professor at the University of Victoria in the Faculty of Fine Arts. 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; Beyoncé’s ‘7/11’ and the importance of the YouTube reaction video in the evolution of girl/bedroom culture; and Kim Kardashian’s contested (post)feminist identity.
Matt Stahl is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Information and Media Studies, Western University. “I study the representation (in mass media) and regulation (in and by law) of culture-making. I’m interested in media stories about media-making as well as in the stories that people in media tell governments about what they do as they pursue policy goals. My focus these days is on popular music making in the U.S. and I am at present working on a book that focuses on musical work – on tv, in rockumentary film, and as governed by labour and copyright law. Music makers and other producers of culture, this book argues, occupy an unusual social and political space: they are simultaneously at the extreme margin and the very heart of modern liberal society. Through the power of authorship they may own the products of their labour, but through work for hire they may be dispossessed in the fashion of any other working person. As artists, they enjoy unusual freedoms and opportunities for self-actualization, but as employees they face real limits on their political agency. These contrasting positions with respect to property and power are separated only by history and convention, but between them they embody fundamental, contradictory strains of liberal thought.”