Dhanveer Singh Brar


I joined the School of History at University of Leeds in April 2021, arriving from the Department of Visual Cultures, Goldsmiths, University of London, where I had been a Lecturer for four years. Prior to that I had held positions as a Junior Research Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Studies, University College London (2016), and as an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities at Penn Humanities Forum, University of Pennsylvania (2014). I was awarded a PhD in Media and Communications from Goldsmiths, University of London in 2013. 

Research interests

The research I undertake focuses on histories of black diasporic culture and politics from the mid-twentieth century onwards. The work I do approaches the histories of black diasporic culture through modes of artistic experimentation with sound and the politics of intellectual production, paying attention to the relationships between popular and experimental music, art practice, cinema, publishing and political organisation. To this effect, I have published two books: Beefy’s Tune (Dean Blunt Edit) (The 87 Press); and Teklife, Ghettoville, Eski: The Sonic Ecologies of Black Music in the Early Twenty-First Century (Goldsmiths Press / MIT Press), alongside a number of articles appearing in journals such as Social Text, South Atlantic Quartely and New Formations.

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  • PhD Media and Communications (2013), Goldsmiths, University of London
  • MA English Literature (2005), University of Southampton
  • BA English Literature and History (2004), University of Southampton

Student education

My undergraduate and postgradute teaching in the school covers the following areas: 

- Black diasporic culture in the late twentieth century and early twenty-first century

- Black British Cultural Studies 

- Black diasporic intellectual history 

- Black radical poltiics in the late twentieth century 

Research groups and institutes

  • Empires and Aftermath
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