Pan-African Studies | DJ Lynnée Denise

Department of Pan-African Studies
5151 State University Dr. Los Angeles
King Hall C3095 
Phone (323) 343-2290
Fax (323) 343-5485
Email pas@calstatela.edu

DJ Lynnee
DJ Lynnée Denise
Adjunct Professor
Office: King Hall 3055
lbonner@calstatela.edu 
 
DJ Lynnée Denise is an artist and scholar who incorporates self-directed project based research into interactive workshops, music events and public lectures that offer participants the opportunity to develop an intimate relationship with under-explored topics related to the cultural history of marginalized communities. She coined the term "DJ Scholarship" to explain DJ culture as a mix-mode research practice, both performative and subversive in its ability to shape and definre social experiences, shifting the public perception of the role of a DJ from being a purveyor of party music to an archivsist, cultural worker and information specialist who assesses, collects, preserves, and provides access to music determined to have long-term value. Her work is informed and inspired by underground cultural movements, the 1980s, migration studies, theories of escape, and electronic music of the African Diaspora. With support from the Jerome Foundation Travel Grant, The Astrae Lesbian Foundation for Justice, Idea Capital, Residency BiljmAIR (Netherlands) and The Rauschenberg Artists as Activists Grant, she has been able to resource her performative research on a local, national and global level. She's the product of the Historically Black Fisk University, with a MA from the historically radical San Francisco State University Ethnic Studies department, and works as an adjunct professor in the Pan African Studies Depertment at California State University Los Angeles.