12/2012 - Rebekah Farrugia
, Ph.D., associate professor of communication, recently published her book "Beyond the Dance Floor: Female DJs, Technology, and Electronic Dance Music" with the academic press, Intellect Books. A pathbreaking study of the women who create electronic dance music, "Beyond the Dance Floor" focuses on the largely neglected relationship between these women and the conceptions of gender and technology that continue to inform the male-dominated culture surrounding electronic music.
In this volume, Dr. Farrugia explores a number of important issues, including the politics of identity and representation, the bonds formed by women within the DJ community, and the role female DJs and producers play in this dance music culture as well as in the larger public sphere. Though Dr. Farrugia primarily focuses on women's relationship to music-related technologies such as vinyl, mp3s, and digital production software, she also deftly extends her argument to the strategic use of the Internet and web design skills for purposes tied to publicity, networking, and music distribution.