My research focuses on the global network of electronic dance music scenes (e.g., house, disco, techno, etc.), with Berlin as my primary site of fieldwork.
My first research project, Together, Somehow: Music, Intimacy, and Affect on the Dance Floor, is in its final stages, focusing on embodied stranger-intimacy at dance music events and the role that music and affect play in sustaining a sense of vague-but-meaningful belonging among dancers. This project was a multi-local study, based on fieldwork conducted in Chicago, Paris, and Berlin over the period of several years (2006-2010).
‘Techno Tourism’ is the focus of my second research project, which is already in its preliminary stages. This project studies the patterns of regular travel that bring fans and professionals to Berlin’s local electronic music scenes. Increasingly, this project is also examining music-driven migration to Berlin and electronic music’s role in the expanding ‘creative industries’ of the city.
In addition to these projects, I conduct and publish research on music festivals, fieldwork methodology, sonic grain/texture, and queer theory.