Larisa Mann
Larisa Mann
Assistant Professor
Departments: Media Studies and Production, Media & Communication
Office: 215-204-9234

Biography

Dr. Larisa Kingston Mann’s work analyzes the relationship between law, technology, sovereignty and creativity, especially focusing on the ways changing media technologies affect communities’ ability to flourish. She is especially interested in historically marginalized communities’ abilities to create autonomous cultural expression, especially music, and in the capability of music to generate intimacy and decolonize identity among oppressed people. She also examines how and when cultural practices such as music play important roles in people's material survival and in broader political engagement, and especially the implications that has for how we understand of privacy and surveillance. She has written on dj culture, pirate radio, video cameras, feminist media studies and more. She has also worked for 26 years as a performing DJ, music writer/blogger and event organizer, most especially with HEAVY (NYC), Dutty Artz (NYC and the world), and before that Surya Dub (San Francisco), Konstruct (London, UK) and Toneburst (Boston, MA). Her first book Rude Citizenship: Jamaican Popular Music, Copyright and the Reverberations of Colonial Power is forthcoming in  March 2022 from University of North Carolina University Press.