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Whether it's in Nairobi or in Kyiv, in Bristol or in Cairo: in all the major cities of Africa and Europe, people get together in dedicated spaces to dance to music and party – and create communities, subcultures and public spheres. Club culture is a global phenomenon, but what music are these people dancing to in these cities and what music did they use to dance to in the past? In what sort of spaces do they meet up? What public spheres do they form? What do these club cultures mean to the urbanity of a city? And what happens when the club music from two different continents meet head on? More...


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Iain Chambers is known for his interdisciplinary and intercultural work on music, popular and metropolitan cultures. More recently he has transmuted this line of research into a series of postcolonial analyses of the formation of the modern Mediterranean. He has lived in Naples since 1976, and is presently Professor of Cultural and Postcolonial Studies at the Oriental University and is Director of the Centre for Postcolonial Studies.

Selected Bibliography:
Chambers, I. (1985): Urban Rhythms: pop music and popular culture. New York: St. Martin's Press.
Chambers, I. (1986): Popular Culture. The metropolitan experience. London: Routeledge.
Chambers, I. (1990): Border dialogues. Journeys in postmodernity. London: Routeledge.
Chambers, I. (1994): Migrancy, culture, identity. London: Routeledge.
Chambers, I. (2001): Culture after humanism. London: Routeledge.
Chambers, I. (2008): Mediterranean Crossings. The Politics of an Interrupted Modernity. London: Routeledge.
Chambers, I. (2012): Mediterraneo blues. Musiche, malinconia postcoloniale, pensieri marittimi. Bollati: Boringhieri.

The Centre for Postcolonial Studies (Official Website)

Iain Chambers & TEN CITIES
Iain Chambers is participating in the TEN CITIES research part. Therefore he works together with Danilo Capasso and Vincenzo Cavallo to write down the history of club music in Naples and the history of the public spheres that have been formed around club music for the last 50 years. In April 2013 he took part in the TEN CITIES writers conference in Nairobi.

Sabine Bretz