I am the Course Leader of BA Contemporary Media Practice at the University of Westminster. Contemporary Media Practice has a specialist interdisciplinary focus and is one of the longest-running undergraduate media courses in the UK.
My research is concerned with the impact of accelerated culture on global youth scenes and subcultures, especially in the context of electronic music. I carried out my PhD thesis, Renegade Hardware: Speed, Technology and Cultural Practice in Drum ‘n’ Bass Music, between 2005 and 2009. I am also interested in fan communities based on the archiving and collection of obsolete and residual electronic media.
One of my key roles as Course Leader is to coordinate the critical and conceptual framework of the programme. I am extremely fortunate to be leading a programme with such an established and distinctive identity as a specialist interdisciplinary media production degree, which provides students with a diverse practical media production education that focuses on transferable skills across screen-based and digital media.
Having taught for many years across theory and practice, I understand the importance of contextualising creative activity with reflective and analytical activities that encourage students to intertwine their practical work with cultural ideas and developments. In this respect, my teaching is strongly informed by academic and research interests in cultural theory, media sociology and popular music theory. The primary means by which this relationship is demonstrated is through an ongoing engagement with debates around cultural taste and creative decision-making across the arts and popular culture, and the transformation of arts and media practice through the use of technologies in the areas of creativity and digital distribution. A key benefit of addressing arts and media from a cultural perspective is the ability to identify relationships between media and wider developments based on the exploration of recurring themes, ideas and critical perspectives across disciplines and platforms in still and moving image media; sonic media; interactive media; online culture, and the arts. This intermedial and interdisciplinary outlook has enabled me to teach on a wide range of courses before taking on the role of Course Leader of BA Contemporary Media Practice.
It is a key objective of my teaching to communicate information and contextual knowledge to students with diverse backgrounds in a structured and supportive, yet fluid manner. To achieve this, I believe it is important to maintain an open in-class environment where learners feel empowered to contribute questions and observations at any stage. My pedagogical approach is based on active learning, which involves student-focused discussions, questions, exchanges, and spontaneous improvisations. This methodology allows students to feel that they are dynamically participating in the creation of knowledge.
Christodoulou, Chris (2019) ‘Sweet Harmony: Rave|Today’ (Philly Adams and Kobi Prempeh (curs.)), (Dancecult: Journal of Electronic Dance Music Culture, Ageing with EDMC, (2019, 11(1)).
Christodoulou, Chris (2015) ‘Darkcore: dub’s dark legacy in drum ‘n’ bass culture’, (Dancecult: Journal of Electronic Dance Music Culture, Echoes from the Dub Diaspora, (2015, 7(2)).
Christodoulou, Chris (2013) ‘DJs and the Aesthetic of Acceleration in Drum ‘n’ Bass’, in Bernando Alexander Attias, Anna Gavanas, Hillegonda C. Rietveld (eds.) DJ Culture in the Mix: Power, Technology, and Social Change in Electronic Dance Music, New York and London: Bloomsbury, pp. 195-218.
Christodoulou, Chris (2011) ‘Rumble in the Jungle: city, place, and uncanny bass’ (Dancecult: Journal of Electronic Dance Music Culture, Special Issue on DJ Culture, (2011, 3(1)).
PAPERS AND CONFERENCES
Christodoulou, Chris (2019, June) ‘Hauntological Nostalgia: the lost futures of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop’, Researcher Network Conference 2019, The University of Westminster, London.
Christodoulou, Chris (2018, September) ‘Bring the Break-Beat Back: authenticity and the politics of rhythm in jungle and drum ‘n’ bass music’, IASPM UK & Ireland Conference 2018, The University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield.
Christodoulou, Chris (2017, May) Chair, ‘Scenes and Semes and Memes’ panel, Westminster-Goldsmiths Symposium for Research in Popular Music, University of Westminster, London.
Christodoulou, Chris (2016, September) ‘Darkcore: dub’s dark legacy in drum ‘n’ bass culture‘, Sounding Dark panel, The Institute of Contemporary Arts, London.
Christodoulou, Chris (2015, September) Chair, Vocaloids and Alternative Universes panel, The Photographers’ Gallery, London.