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Amsterdance – The Amsterdam Electronic Dance Music Research Group

Coordinators: Dr Oliver Seibt and Ian Pocervina

The “Amsterdam Electronic Dance Music Research Group” is interested in a variety of topics that fall under the umbrella term of electronic dance music culture. Amsterdance departs from the field of popular music studies, from which it sets out an exploration of the spatial and social resonances that are generated by the sounds of electronic dance music. Based in Amsterdam, the group also traces the music’s global footprints in an effort to put both local and translocal occurrences in conversation with each another.


Dr Oliver Seibt and Ian Pocervina

Members of the Research Group

Universiteit van Amsterdam: Olle Beenhakker, Phoebe Janssen, Sydney Schelvis, and Jacob Tucker.

Research Interests

Over the last half-century, electronic dance music has become one of the central sonic forces in the field of popular music and set in motion the development of a number of cultural formations. Though at first glance intrinsically simplistic, the physical impact of its repetitive rhythms instigates a profound synchrony on the dance floor. Perhaps due to historic stigmatisation and associations with hedonism, the sounds and cultures of electronic dance music remain relatively side-lined in academic research. The Amsterdance research group explores the social significance and academic potential of contemporary electronic dance musics in a variety of settings and contexts. In terms of methodology, Amsterdance is thereby inspired by the logic of electronic dance musicking itself: sampling, mixing, and remixing materials.

Envisaged Results

The central ambition behind Amsterdance is to provide a home to UvA researchers interested in electronic dance musics and their cultures, and to connect them to related research networks. Amsterdance hopes to benefit from the insights of guest speakers and welcomes any external contributors to join the meetings and complement the discussions.

Work Plan and Time Schedule

The research group meets on a monthly basis to jointly read relevant publications, to discuss the research progress of its individual members, and to support their undertakings with constructive feedback. Amsterdance was launched in February 2021 and will run for a period of five years.

This research group is active in the following constellations: