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

Biography

Larisa Kingston Mann has a PhD in Jurisprudence & Social Policy from Berkeley Law, at the University of California, at Berkeley, and an MSc from the London School of Economics.

My work analyzes the relationship between law, technology, sovereignty and creativity, especially focusing on the ways changing media technologies affect communities’ ability to flourish. I am 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. I also examine how and when cultural practices such as music play important roles in people's material survival and in broader political engagement.

My interest in the parameters that allow for autonomous cultural practices (especially community control over resources such as physical spaces, buildings, neighborhoods and airwaves) has given rise to research on the changing meaning of surveillance and privacy for communities and identities that have historically been surveilled, and in challenging dominant concepts of privacy and surveillance in the fields of US technology industry and policy.

My current work includes a book on how Jamaican popular music practices challenge the colonial and white supremacist underpinnings of copyright law and of sovereignty itself, a study of pirate radio in London, England and its reliance on public housing architecture, and research into community-generated privacy principles among community technology activists in Detroit.

I have also worked for 22 years as a performing DJ, music writer/blogger and event organizer, most especially with Dutty Artz (NY and the world), and before that with Surya Dub (San Francisco), Konstruct (London, UK) and Toneburst (Boston, MA).