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 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.
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 Society, Popular Music and Society, American Music, Nineteenth-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.