Sebastien Darchen and John Willsteed - Electronic Cities

Wednesday 14 July 2021
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
In store at Avid Reader Bookshop / ZOOM Online
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Join Sébastien Darchen and John Willsteed as they discuss Electronic Cities: Music, Policies and Space in the 21st Century.

This book examines Electronic Dance Music (EDM) scenes in 18 cities across Africa, the Middle East, Europe, Asia, North America and Australia, with Brisbane explored as a specific case study. It focuses on the historical development of these scenes, with an emphasis on the post-2000 context, including the COVID-19 pandemic and its far-reaching effects. Expert contributors highlight the influence of geographical contexts, as well as cultural and political histories, in the development of mainstream EDM scenes and underground Electronic Dance Music Cultures. This expansive work offers additional insights on cultural and creative policies, planning interventions and regulations associated with nightlife management, and provides a detailed analysis of current challenges inherent to the governance of EDM scenes in contemporary cities.

Dr. Sébastien Darchen holds a PhD in Urban Studies (2008) from INRS, Urbanisation, Culture et Société (Montréal, Canada). He was a postdoctoral fellow at the Canada Chair of the Socio-organisational Challenges of the Knowledge Economy from 2009 to 2010 and then an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University in Toronto. He joined the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences (SEES) in 2011, where he is Senior Lecturer in Planning. His articles have been published in top-ranked planning journals: Urban Studies, Cities, and so on. In 2019, he was the main editor for Global Planning Innovations for Urban Sustainability published with Routledge.

John Willsteed is a musician and academic. He toured the world through the late 80s in The Go-Betweens, and has recorded and performed with many bands. He has been a guitarist in award-winning Brisbane group Halfway since 2011. An award-winning composer and sound editor with over 90 film and television credits, he is a Senior Lecturer in Music at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, and sits on the boards of both Feral Arts and Queensland Music Festival. He has presented papers nationally and internationally, and his academic interest is centred in concepts of curation and story-telling particularly in relation to Brisbane’s punk and post-punk scene.