Dr Dhanveer Singh Brar

Staff details

Position Lecturer in Visual Cultures
Department Visual Cultures
Email d.brar (@gold.ac.uk)
Dr Dhanveer Singh Brar

Dhanveer is a scholar of Black Studies, as it intersects with Cultural Studies, Sound Studies and Critical Theory. The research he undertakes covers theorizations of black diasporic sonic culture from the mid-twentieth century to the present, the question of form in the black radical tradition, and the politics of black critical thought. He has published in journals such as Social Text, Darkmatter and Cesura // Acceso and is a founding member of the London based Black Study Group.

At present he is working on a book manuscript analysing electronic dance music, urban geography and sonic culture in the contemporary black diaspora of the Global North. He has previously held an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities at University of Pennsylvania and a Junior Research Fellowship at the Institute of Advanced Studies, UCL.

Academic Qualifications

PhD Media and Communications. Goldsmiths College (2013)

MA English Literature. University of Southampton (2005)

BA English Literature and History. University of Southampton (2004)


Popular Modernism 1 (Autumn 2017/2018)

Popular Modernism 2 (Spring 2017/2018)

Beyond Boundaries (Spring 2017/2018)

Areas of Supervision

Black diasporic studies, black cultural aesthetics, cultural studies, sound studies, race and critical theory



Brar, Dhanveer Singh. 2021. Teklife, Ghettoville, Eski: The Sonic Ecologies of Black Music in the Early Twenty-First Century. London: Goldsmiths Press. ISBN 9781912685790

Brar, Dhanveer Singh. 2020. Beefy's Tune (Dean Blunt Edit). London: 87 Press. ISBN 9781838069810

Book Section

Brar, Dhanveer Singh. 2016. Amiri Baraka (1934 - 2014). In: Immanuel Ness and Zak Cope, eds. Palgrave Encyclopedia of Imperialism and Anti-Imperialism. UK: Palgrave-Macmillan. ISBN 978-0-230-39278-6

Brar, Dhanveer Singh. 2015. Black Outbreak. In: Sophie Fuggle and Tom Henri, eds. Return to the Street. London: Pavement Books, pp. 117-132. ISBN 9780957147058


Brar, Dhanveer Singh and Sharma, Ash. 2020. What is this ‘Black’ in Black Studies? From Black British Cultural Studies to Black Critical Thought in UK Arts and Higher Education. New Formations(99), pp. 88-109. ISSN 0950-2378

Brar, Dhanveer Singh; Moreno, Louis; Harney, Stefano; Moten, Fred; Okiji, Fumi; Rekret, Paul and Rose-Antoinette, Ronald. 2020. Music and Economic Planning. South Atlantic Quarterly, 119(1), pp. 133-151. ISSN 0038-2876

Brar, Dhanveer Singh. 2019. No work. All Play. Propter Nos, 3, pp. 80-90.

Brar, Dhanveer Singh and Gamble, Lee. 2017. Atmosphere and Architecture in the Distributed Intelligence of Soundsystems: Glass Bead in conversation with Lee Gamble and Dhanveer Singh Brar. Glass Bead, 1,

Brar, Dhanveer Singh. 2016. Architekture and Teklife in the Hyperghetto: The Sonic Ecology of Footwork. Social Text, 34(1), pp. 21-48. ISSN 0164-2472

Brar, Dhanveer Singh. 2015. 'James Brown', 'Jamesbrown', James Brown: Black (music) from the getup. Popular Music, 34(3), pp. 471-484. ISSN 0261-1430

Brar, Dhanveer Singh. 2015. Ghetto Thermodynamics. Cesura // Acceso: Journal for Music, Politics and Poetics, 1,

Brar, Dhanveer Singh. 2014. Alexander Weheliye, Habeas Viscus: Racializing Assemblages and Black Feminist Theories of the Human (Duke University Press, 2015). New Formations, 83, ISSN 0950-2378

Conference or Workshop Item

Brar, Dhanveer Singh and Rekret, Paul. 2019. 'The Power of Gods and the Forces of Nature - On Music and Popular Modernisms'. In: Marxism in Culture. Institute of Advanced Studies, UCL, United Kingdom 24 May 2019.

Brar, Dhanveer Singh. 2019. 'Alien Sound: Ambient Music and the Limits of the Human'. In: Alien Sound: Ambient Music and the Limits of the Human. Tate Liverpool, United Kingdom 9 February 2019.

Brar, Dhanveer Singh and Moreno, Louis. 2018. 'At a Greater Distance than Sound: Wynter’s ‘new hypothesis’ and the ‘culture of dread’'. In: Genres of the Human: On Sylvia Wynter. Kings College London, United Kingdom.

Brar, Dhanveer Singh. 2018. 'Klein's Prologues'. In: Cultural Studies Association Annual Conference. Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, United States.

Brar, Dhanveer Singh. 2018. 'Runs Reprise'. In: Regenerative Feedback Noise/Human/Signal. Issue Project Room, Brooklyn, NY, United States.

Brar, Dhanveer Singh; Rekret, Paul and Sandhu, Sukhdev. 2018. 'Time Let Me Play: Ideas of Childhood Innocence'. In: Time Let Me Play: Ideas of Childhood Innocence. UnionDocs: Center for Documentary Art, United States.

Brar, Dhanveer Singh. 2018. 'Klein's Prologues'. In: Crystal Clear Voices. Goldsmiths, University of London, United Kingdom.

Brar, Dhanveer Singh. 2017. 'Gaze: Utterance'. In: Gaze: Utterance. ICA London, United Kingdom.

Brar, Dhanveer Singh. 2017. 'Bass / Mascon'. In: Club Culture and the Politics of Bass. King's College London, United Kingdom.

Brar, Dhanveer Singh; Rekret, Paul; Thompson, Marie and Sarkar, Ash. 2017. 'Down With Childhood'. In: Down With Childhood. Cafe Oto, United Kingdom.

Brar, Dhanveer Singh. 2017. 'Introduction to performance by Larry Achiampong'. In: Techno Resistance and Black Futures. Goldsmiths College. University of London. Goldsmiths College, University of London, United Kingdom May 2017.

Brar, Dhanveer Singh. 2017. 'Eddie George’s Fugitive Saturations'. In: Black Film, British Cinema.. Goldsmiths College, University of London, United Kingdom May 2017.

Brar, Dhanveer Singh. 2016. 'Poverty, Abstraction, Debt: Actress’ Ghettoville'. In: Culture and Finance Capital Lecture Series. Department of Visual Cultures. Goldsmiths College, University of London.. Goldsmiths, University of London, United Kingdom October 2016.

Brar, Dhanveer Singh and Okiji, Fumi. 2016. 'Walking Bsss'. In: Marxism in Culture Seminar. University of London. University of London, United Kingdom June 2016.

Brar, Dhanveer Singh. 2016. 'Ghettoville'. In: Department of Geography Research Seminar. University College London. University College London, United Kingdom May 2016.

Brar, Dhanveer Singh. 2016. 'Architektural Planning'. In: Speeding and Braking: Navigating Acceleration. Goldsmiths, University of London 12 May 2016.

Brar, Dhanveer Singh. 2016. 'Black Secret Technology'. In: Framing the Critical Decade: After the Black Arts Movement. University of Bristol.


Brar, Dhanveer Singh and Kobel, Malte. 2018. Vibration Totale - 6th December 2018.


Brar, Dhanveer Singh. 2013. Blackness, Radicalism, Sound: Black Consciousness and Black Popular Music in the U.S.A (1955 – 1971). Doctoral thesis, Goldsmiths, University of London