Charity Marsh

Faculty of Media, Art, and Performance (Creative Technologies), Professor

Office: RC 033
Phone: 306-337-2623

Research interests
Indigenous Hip Hop Cultures; Popular Music in Canada; Electronic Dance Music Cultures; Interactive Media and Performance; Technology and Gender; Arts and Athleticism; Arts-Based Community Health

Dr Marsh earned a BMUS in Musicology, Theory, and Performance (1996) as well as a Bachelor of Arts with a concentration in Women's Studies and a minor in German (1997) from the University of Ottawa. From York University she earned her MA (1998) in Women Studies problematizing the dynamic and contested relationship between nature and technology in Icelandic artist Björk's 1997 album Homogenic. In April 2005, Dr Marsh successfully defended her thesis entitled, "Raving Cyborgs, Queering Practices, and Discourses of Freedom: The Search for Meaning in Toronto's Rave Culture", completing her PhD requirements for the doctoral program in Popular Music Studies and Ethnomusicology at York University.

In July 2007, Dr Marsh was awarded a Tier II Canada Research Chair position in Interactive Media and Performance. Her research program focused on interactive media and performance and how cultures and practices associated with this broad category contribute to dialogues concerning regionalism, cultural identity, and community, specifically within western and northern Canada, and more generally on a global scale.

In 2007 Dr Marsh was awarded a Canadian Foundation for Innovation Grant and a Saskatchewan Fund for Innovation and Science grant to develop the Interactive Media and Performance Labs as a way to support her ongoing research. With the development of IMP Labs at the University of Regina, the emphasis of her research and arts practices included the following areas: 1) Canadian (Indigenous) Hip Hop Cultures; 2) DJ Cultures including EDM, Club-Culture, Rave Culture, Techno, Psy-Trance, online, community, and pirate radio; and 3) Isolation, Identity, and Space: Production and Performance of Popular Music in Western and Northern Canada.

In July 2012 Dr Marsh was awarded a second term as a Tier II Canada Research Chair, this time in Interactive Media and Popular Music. The change in title takes into account the significance of popular music in Dr Marsh’s new research program, and her emphasis on Hip Hop Cultures.

In 2012-13 Dr Marsh was awarded another Canada Foundation and Innovation grant to expand the IMP Labs to include the Centre for Indigenous Hip Hop Cultures and Community Research, as well as the Popular Music and Mobile Media Labs.

In her artistic practices, Dr Marsh continues to incorporate interdisciplinary approaches and multiple medias, including turntablism, video, radio broadcasting, text, and soundscape composition.

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  • PhD (Ethnomusicology/ Musicology/ Popular Music Studies, York University) 2005
  • MA (Women’s Studies and Popular Music, York University) 1999
  • BA (Women’s Studies, University of Ottawa) 1998
  • BMus (Musicology, Theory, Performance, University of Ottawa) 1997
  • 2012. “Hip Hop as Methodology: Ways of Knowing.” In Canadian Journal of Communication. Vol. 37. pp. 193-203.
  • 2012. “Bits and Pieces of Truth: Storytelling, Identity, and Hip Hop in Saskatchewan.” In A. Hoefnagels, B. Diamond (Eds). Perspectives on Contemporary Aboriginal Music in Canada. McGill/Queen’s University Press, pp. 346-371.
  • 2011. “Spaces of Violence, Sites of Resistance: Music, Media and Performance: An Introduction,” In Musicultures: Journal of the Canadian Society for Music. Eds C. Marsh and G. Smith. Vol 38. pp. 1-6. (with G. Smith)
  • 2011. “Globalization, Identity, and Youth Resistance: Kenya’s Hip Hop Parliament,” In Musicultures: Journal of the Canadian Society for Music. Eds C. Marsh and G. Smith. Vol 38. pp. 132-147. (with S. Petty)
  • 2011. “Keepin’ it Real?: Masculinity, Race, and Media Representations of (Gangsta’ Rap in) Regina.” In C. Ramsey (Ed) Making it Like a Man: Masculinities in Canadian Arts and Culture. Wilfred Laurier Press. pp. 149-170.
  • 2010. "Flux CrossFit and Hip Hop: Considering the Relationship between Arts and Athleticism," In CrossFit Kids Journal. Issue 52. pp. 16-19.
  • 2009. "Don’t Call Me Eskimo: The Politics of Hip Hop Culture in Nunavut." Musicultures: The Canadian Journal for Traditional Music, Volume 36, pp.110-129.
  • 2009. “Interview with Saskatchewan Hip Hop Artist Lindsay Knight (a.k.a. Eekwol),” in Canadian Folk Music. 43.1 Spring.
  • 2007. “In & Out of the Classroom: Reflections on Identity, Technology, and the Radio Project,” In Intersections: Canadian Journal of Music. (26/2), pp. 81-96.
  • 2006. "Understand Us Before You End Us: Regulation, Governmentality, and the Confessional Practices of Raving Bodies,” In Popular Music. (Vol. 25/3), Cambridge University Press, pp. 415-430.