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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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Michelle Henning is Associate Professor in Media and Culture at the University of the West of England, Bristol. She has written widely on new media, cultural theory, museums and photography and is co-founder, with Rehan Hyder, of the Bristol music research project BLIMA. She has given papers on music culture as an aspect of everyday experience and the debates surrounding archiving and documenting live everyday culture. She also works as an artist and designer, most recently designing record covers for PJ Harvey’s Let England Shake (2011) and John Parish’s Screenplay (2013).

Selected Bibliography
Henning, M. (1999): Don't touch me I’m electric: on sense and sensation in modernity. In: Arthurs, J.; Grimshaw, J. (eds.): Women's Bodies: Discipline and Transgression. London: Cassell.
Henning, M. (2006): New Media. In: MacDonald, S. (ed): A Companion to Museum Studies. Oxford: Blackwell.
Henning, M. (2007): The Pig in the Bath: New Materialisms and Cultural Studies. In: Radical Philosophy 145, September- October 2007.
Henning, M. (2010): The subject as object: photography and the human body. In: Wells, L (ed): Photography: A Critical Introduction. London: Routledge.
Hyder, R; Henning, M. (forthcoming: 2014): Locating the Bristol Sound: Archiving Music as Everyday Life. In: Cohen, S. et.al (eds): Sites of Popular Music Heritage. London: Routledge.

Michelle Henning & TEN CITIES
Michelle Henning is participating in the TEN CITIES research part. Therefore she works together with Carly Heath and Rehan Hyder to write down the history of club music in Nairobi and the history of the public spheres that have been formed around club music for the last 50 years. In April 2013 she took part in the TEN CITIES writers conference in Nairobi.

Sabine Bretz