Prof. Hillegonda Rietveld

Hillegonda Rietveld

PhD Coordinator, Centre for Media and Culture Research

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Prof. Hillegonda C. Rietveld joined London South Bank University in 1997. She is currently a Professor in the School of Arts and Creative Industries and initiated the BA Music and Sonic Media in 2004. Her publication work is in the field of electronic dance music cultures.

Prof. Rietveld currently leads IASPM@Journal, the open-access online journal of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music. She is also member of the Consortium Steering Group for the New London Graduate School (NLGS) and of the steering group of Centre for Media and Culture Research (CMCR).

After completing a first degree in critical cultural theory in Manchester, her postgraduate research in the field of Cultural Studies was supported through a research assistantship at the Institute for the Study of Popular Culture at Manchester Metropolitan University, followed by a lectureship in Media and Communications at Goldsmiths College, University of London. She completed her PhD in the cultural politics of the house music aesthetic in 1995.

Before joining the academic world, she was involved in the music industry in various roles. This included the production of an album and several 12" singles as part of Quando Quango for Manchester indie label Factory Records.

Prof. Rietveld holds a PGCert in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education and approaches teaching by way of dialogue with the student. 

In addition to leading BA Music and Sonic Media, she teaches on the following contextual modules of its programme: 

  • Level 4 (Year 1): Intro to Sonic Media 
  • Level 5 (Year 2): Music Image Text 
  • Sonic Research Level 6 (Year 3): Dissertation (Research Project) Supervision 

Prof. Rietveld also contributes to the Creative Media Arts Masters Programme, as Project and Dissertation Supervisor and by leading conceptual lectures and introductory sessions.

Prof. Rietveld has published extensively in the area of electronic dance music. Her most recent publication is DJ Culture in the Mix: Power, Technology, and Social Change in Electronic Dance Music for Bloomsbury Academic, co-edited with Prof Bernardo Alexander Attias and Dr Anna Gavanas.

She currently leads the IASPM@Journal, the open-access online journal of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music. She is also member of the Consortium Steering Group for the New London Graduate School (NLGS) and of the steering group of Centre for Media and Culture Research (CMCR). In addition, she is member of the Faculty Postgraduate Research Committee for Arts and Human Sciences; the Research Degrees Sub-Committee for Economic and Social Research; the Research Degrees Committee; and the Faculty Research Ethics Committee for Arts and Human Sciences.

Examples of successful PhD supervision:

  • Writing Performative Identities: Discursive Traits of Femininity in Hip-Hop Journalism, by Dr Barbara Panuzzo.
  • Electronic Civil Disobedience: Theorising Online Art Activism, by Dr Fidele Vlavo.
  • Renegade Hardware: Speed, Technology And Cultural Practice In Drum 'N' Bass, by Dr Chris Christodoulou.
  • Comparative Dance Drugs Research In the UK Garage Scene And Trance/Techno Scenes, by Dr Ciaran O'Hagan.

Most recent publications

Rietveld, HC and Henriques, J Echo. In: The Routledge Companion to Sound Studies New York and London: Routledge. Routledge, New York (USA) and London, ISBN 9781138854253

Rietveld, HC Dancing in the Technoculture. In: The Routledge Research Companion to Electronic Music: Reaching Out With Technology. Routledge, New York (USA) and London, ISBN 978-1472472915

Rietveld, HC Machine possession: Dancing to repetitive beats. In: Over and Over: Exploring Repetition in Popular Music. Bloomsbury Academic, New York and London,

Rietveld, HC Authenticity and Liveness in Digital DJ Performance. In: Musicians and their Audiences: Performance, Speech and Mediation. Routledge, New York (USA) and London, ISBN 9781472456939

Rietveld, HC Lovely Bones: Ambient Music and the Uncanny in Leitmotiv and Underscore. In: Brian Eno Oblique Music. Bloomsbury Academic, London, pp. 105-117. ISBN 9781441129123, 9781441148063

Rietveld, HC Breaking the Electronic Sprawl. In: Keep It Simple, Make It Fast! (KISMIF): Crossing Borders of Underground Music Scenes, 13-17 July 2015, Porto, Portugal.

Rietveld, HC Burial’s Echoic Loneliness. In: Seismographic Sounds – Visions of a New World. Norient, Switzerland, pp. 132-134. ISBN 978-3-9524496-0-8

More publications at LSBU Research Open
  • ARP (Art of Record Production)
  • BFE (British Forum for Ethnomusicology)
  • BSA (British Sociological Association)
  • IASPM (International Association for the Study of Popular Music)
  • MeCCSA (Media, Communications & Cultural Studies Association)
  • ALCS (The Authors' Licensing and Collecting Society);
  • PRS (British music performance rights collection organisation)
  • MSCP (British mechanical music rights collection organisation)

Prof. Rietveld is currently an executive member of the Consortium Steering Group for the New London Graduate School (NLGS), a Post Graduate Research consortium that consists of five institutions, including LSBU. She is an active member of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Peer Review College, reviewing research applications in the field of Popular Music Studies. 

She is also an active member of the international advisory board for the online open-access academic research journal Dancecult: Journal of Electronic Dance Music Culture. In addition, she has provided further peer reviews for academic publishers, such as Routledge, Temple UP and Edinburgh UP, and for academic journals such as Popular Music; Organised Sound; Body and Society; Feminist Review; and European Journal of Cultural Studies, while she writes regular book reviews for Times Higher Education – for example, regarding Sterne's 2012 publication MP3: The Meaning of a Format (Duke UP, 2012)

In 2010, she acted as an advisor at an AHRC funded research network, Exploring Festival Performance as a 'State of Encounter' at University of Leeds, UK. This was part of in AHRC research programme Beyond Text: Performances, Sounds, Images, Objects. Since 2001, she has contributed as external member of a wide range of course validation teams. She has also acted as External Examiner for the Undergraduate Popular Music Scheme, at Southampton Solent University between 2007-12; BA (Hons) Creative Sound Production, for University of Abertay Dundee between 2005-11; Mass Communications and Cultural Studies field, London Metropolitan University in 2002; and BA (Hons) Popular Music Studies, Liverpool John Moores University between 2001-06.

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