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Department of Media and Communications

Dr. Julian Henriques

Position held:

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Joint Head of Department

Director, TRU (Topology Research Unit)

Programme Convenor, MA Script Writing

My work in film and television over many years has given the basis for continuing links with professionals in those industries. This is most valuable for ensuring that as the programme convenor for MA Script Writing the course is up date with current industry ideas, trends and practices, see also "In Our Own Words." The course is also accredited by Skillset. To this end I am also involved with the Department’s Skillset Media Academy and the Goldsmiths Screen School which among its events each year presents the Olive Till Memorial Debate with leading film directors. These have included the late Anthony Minghella, Danny Boyle, Michael Winterbottom, Stephen Frears and Sir Alan Parker.

My professional experience as a film maker has also informed my research interest in sound, teaching and leading the BA option course Music as Communication and Creativity. This has also lead to my research interests in topology and the formation of the TRU (Topology Research Unit).



Current and Recent Projects

Professor Stuart Hall Week, 24 – 28 November 2014, curator; Stuart Hall International Conference: Conversations, Projects and Legacies, 28th November, conference committe member, http://www.gold.ac.uk/media-communications/stuart-hall-conference/

Sound Systems Unplugged, Arnolfini, Bristol, conversation with Ras Muffet with live on stage demonstration of how a sound system works and why, at The Wire Off the Pager Festival, Saturday 27th September 2014

Sonic Diagrams, Sound sculpture and Re-presentation, presentation toSound Art Curating Conference, Goldsmiths, 15th May 2014
Dissidence in an Era of Diversity, talk forBME Skin Deep Conference, University of Oxford, 24th May 2014
Re-verb and Re-public, presentation to Music and the Public Sphere, symposium organised by Tejaswini Niranjana, Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, 23rd and 24th April 2014
Sonic Space: the Extensive and Intensive Properties of Sounding in the Dancehall Session, or Tweeters in the Trees, presentation to ACLA Capitals, Sound Affects, NYU, New York, 22nd March 2014

Sonic Vision and the Auditory Imagination, lecture forUFRJ, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 17th March 2014

The Art and Science of Sound: Learning from Jamaican Reggae Sound System Engineers, lecture to PUC –SP, San Paolo, Brazil, 13th March 2014

Augmented Reality: Placing Yourself in the Picture, presentation to Creative, Critical & Radical, Media & Communications 35th Anniversary Conference, 8th November 2013

Dawn Penn’s You Don’t Love Me (No, No, No) presentation toFieldwork Playlist symposium, Goldsmiths, 20th November 2013

Sonic Embodiment in Arts, Science and Popular Culture, “Lets Talk About,” public lecture, University of Rijeka, Croatia, 31st October 2013

Hip Hop: the New World Order, host for UK film premier, Goldsmiths, 11th September 2013

The Secret Science of Sound: Learning from Jamaican Dancehall, talk at Bold Tendencies, Peckham, London, 24th August 2013

We the Ragamuffin, film showing and discussion, Bold Tendencies, Peckham, London,
23rd August 2013
Ragamuffin film clip http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Uo7D7LkDx8
Knots & Donuts 3D sound sculpture exhibited with Sound Reasons at Khoj Studio, New Delhi, India, 22nd March to 27th March 2013


Augmented Reality Workshop presentation with Will Collett, Aurasma
Sound, Technology and Embodied Ways of Knowing, presentation to ESSA Sound in Media conference, Lueneburg, Germany, 11th and 12th June 2012
Sonic Bodies, book launch, University of the West Indies, Mona, Kingston, Jamaica, 1st May 2012
We the Ragamuffin showing in Reggae Film Festival, Jamaica, April 17th 2012
Sound Systems, presentation to The Wire and UEL Critical Beats discussion series, Stratford Circus, 19th April 2012
Media Topologies: Diaspora, Surfaces and Transformation, presentation to the Goldsmiths/ L’Orientale workshop, Naples, 27th February 2012
19th and 20th November 2011
Knots & Donuts 3D sound sculpture exhibited with Sound Reasons at Khoj Studio, New Delhi, India, 22nd to 27th March 2013  http://www.khojworkshop.org/project/12344
Embodying Transformation, 3D sound sculpture, Tate Moderm, 19th and 20th Novemeber 2012.
National Portrait Gallery/ BT Road to 2012, Goldsmiths student participation project http://www.gold.ac.uk/calendar/?id=4035
Performing Topology http://www.gold.ac.uk/calendar/?id=3518 YouTube videos: 1 | 2
Heaven 17 live visual show, Soul Warfare, music track
Large Scale Immersive Audio Experiment
Grime Video
Grime: Still Risin’ from the Dust, expert on Heritage funded research and documentary project with the Midi Music Company, Deptford.
Beyond Text(AHRC)

Methodologies of Affect (ESRC)

Professional activities

Currently I am participating in two research networks outside Goldsmiths:

Beyond Text (AHRC)

Methodologies of Affect (ESRC)


Research interests

My current research interests have been developed from my filmmaking work to include:

1. Street cultures, music and sound: Reggae Sound Systems and Dancehall style, fashion, aesthetic, attitude, sensibility of this “bass culture” in Jamaica and the UK have been a particular interest of mine for some time. Also important are sonic diaspora and the production, consumption and circulation of this Reggae ‘vibe’ between street and global corporations (see Sonic Bodies and other publications).

2. Embodiment, rationality and technologies: My interest here is how the practices and mechanisms of auditory propagation can be used as the basis for a critique of the conventional ocularcentric accounts of meaning and communication. This aims to give an account of rationality in terms of evaluative judgment, ratios and analogia, rather than representation or inscription. This emphasises the value and values of auditory as well visual culture and thinking through sound, as well as images. This work on subjectivity and experience began with Changing the Subject. This has led to a current practice as research interest in topology as a concpetual language for understanding, relationships, intenisties and transformations - outisde topology's original field of mathematics. My particular emphasis is on sonic topology and embodied ways of knowing.

3. Music and musicals: As a filmmaker my particular interests are in the genre of the musical (feature film Babymother), which also inspires a research interest. This includes how image and sound work together to make cinematic experience, as well as how musical harmonics, melody and rhythms, and auditory timbres and vibrations can provide alternatives to conventional linear narrative structures. In both fiction and documentary film production improvisation techniques can have similar innovative effects, as was pioneered by the French anthropological filmmaker, the late Jean Rouch (see Rouch in Reverse, We the Ragamuffin).


Feature Film
Babymother, Writer/Director, Formation Films for Film Four (1998)
See more information on screenonline.org.

Television Drama
Single Voices
  (30 min.) Director, Carlton Television (2000)

We the Ragamuffin (30 min.) Co-Writer/Director, Rockstead Productions for Channel Four Television (1992)

Exit No Exit (30 min.) Co-Originator/Director, Formation Films for Channel Four Television (1988)

On Duty (30 min.) Producer, On Duty Productions for Channel Four Television (1984)

Television Documentaries (Selected)
The Sex Warrior & the Samurai (30 min.) Executive Producer, Formation Films for Channel Four Television (1996)

Jungle Mix (30min) Producer for ZDF Germany (1995)

Rouch in Reverse (60 min.) Executive Producer, Formation Films for ZDF/Arte (1998) see more information on newsreel.org.

Derek Walcott: Poet of the Island (60 min.) Producer/Director, Arena, BBC Music & Arts (1993)

The Green Man (60 min.) Producer/Director, Omnibus, BBC Music & Arts (1990)

States of Exile and Dictating Terms (50 min. each) Producer/Director, Made in Latin America, BBC Music & Arts (1988)

Publication on my films (Selected)
Cooper, Carolyn (2004) Sound Clash: Jamaican Dancehall Culture at Large, "Mama, Is That You?": Erotic Disguise in the Films Dancehall and Babymother (pp 125-144), New York: Palgrave Macmillan, pp 125-144

Moseley-Wood, Rachel (2004) "‘Colonizin Englan in Reverse’ – Julian Henriques’ Babymother" Visual Culture in Britain, 5:1, 91 -104

Korte, Barbara and Sternberg, Claudia (2004) Bidding for the Mainstream? Black and Asian Films Since the 1990’s, Amsterdam: Rodopi, pp 112-122

Hall, Stuart (1998) A Rage in Harlesden, Sight and Sound, September 1998, Vol.8. No.9. pp. 24-26

Selected publications

Number of items: 19.


Henriques, Julian F., Tiainen, Milla and Valiaho, Pasi. 2014. Rhythm Returns: Movement and Cultural Theory. Body and Society, 20(3/4), pp. 3-29. [Article]

Henriques, Julian F.. 2012. Global Ear Kingston. The Wire, 340, p. 16. [Article]

Henriques, Julian F.. 2012. Epiphanies. The Wire, 338, [Article]


Henriques, Julian F., Hollway, Wendy, Urwin, Cathy, Venn, Couze and Walkerdine, Valerie. 1984. Changing the Subject: Psychology, Social Regulation and Subjectivity. London: Routledge. ISBN ISBN-10: 0415151376 [Book]

Book Section

Henriques, Julian F. and Ferrara, Beatrice. 2014. The Sounding of the Notting Hill Carnival: Music as Space, Place and Territory. In: Jon Stratton and Nabeel Zuberi, eds. Black Popular Music in Post-World War 2 Britain. Farnham: Ashgate. ISBN ISBN 978-1-4094-6913-1 [Book Section] (In Press)

Henriques, Julian F.. 2011. Musicking. In: Nancy Lesko and Susan Talburt, eds. Keywords in Youth Studies: Tracing Affects, Movements, Knowledges. New York: RoutledgeFalmer, pp. 218-222. ISBN 978-0-415-87412-0 [Book Section]

Henriques, Julian F.. 2007. Situating Sound: The Space and Time of the Dancehall Session. In: J. Marijke and S. Mieskowski, eds. Sonic Interventions. 18 Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi, pp. 287-310. ISBN 9789042022942 [Book Section]

Henriques, Julian F.. 2003. Sonic dominance and reggae sound system sessions. In: Michael Bull and Les Back, eds. The Auditory Culture Reader. Oxford: Berg, pp. 451-480. ISBN ISBN 1-85973-613-0 [Book Section]

Henriques, Julian F.. 2003. Sonic Dominance and the Reggae Sound System Session. In: M. Bull and Les Back, eds. The Auditory Culture Reader. Oxford: Berg, pp. 451-480. ISBN 1859736130 [Book Section]

Conference or Workshop Item

Henriques, Julian F.. 2006. 'Fine-tuning the Apparatus of the Dancehall Sound System'. In: Proceedings, 18th International Conference on Systems Research, Informatics and Cybernetics, August 7-12th, 2006, Baden-Baden, Germany. Baden-Baden, Germany August 7-12th, 2006,. [Conference or Workshop Item]

Edited Journal


Henriques, Julian F.. 2011. Knots & Donuts. In: "Embodying Transformation", Tate Modern, London, United Kingdom, 19 - 20 November 2011. [Performance]

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