Academic CV

 Larisa Kingston Mann
Email: l.k.mann(at)


Solicited: Decolonizing copyright: Jamaican popular music and the roots of remix (Manuscript solicited by Duke UP)

What can feminism learn from new media?" Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies June 2014. 

"Embodied Meaning in Jamaican Popular Music" Journal of Popular Music Studies, Dec 2015.

“White Faces in Intimate Spaces: The Jamaican Dancehall in Global Circulation”
Communication, Culture and Critique April 30, 2015 (early view).

Book chapters

“Decolonizing Networked Technology: Lessons from the Dancehall” in Transnational Culture In The Internet Age. Elgar, 2012

Other publications

“If It Ain't Broke… Copyright’s Fixation Requirement and Cultural Citizenship“ Columbia Journal of Law & the Arts, Winter, 2010


Dissertation: "Decolonizing Copyright Law: Learning from the Jamaican Street Dance"

Ph.D. Jurisprudence & Social Policy. Berkeley Law, University of California, 2012
Chair: Kristin Luker (Sociology)

M.Sc. with Distinction. Economic History, London School of Economics, 2000

B.A. Labor History/Women’s Studies, Oberlin College, 1995

Professional Appointments 


Assistant Professor of Emergent Media, Department of Media Studies & Production, School of Media and Communication, Temple University.


Visiting Research Fellow, McGannon Center for Communication Research, Fordham University.

New York University, Steinhard School of Culture Education and Human Development, Music and Performing Arts Professions. Visiting Assistant Professor of Music Business.

Rutgers University, School of Communication and Information. Part Time Lecturer
Brooklyn College, Sociology. Adjunct Instructor
New York University, Media Culture and Communication. Adjunct Instructor

Grants & Fellowships
Berkeley Empirical Legal Studies Fellowship
Edward Hildebrand Graduate Fellowship for Canadian Studies
Center for British Studies Dissertation Scholarship
Simpson Fellowship in International and Comparative Studies
UC Berkeley Graduate Division Summer Fellowship
Selznick Fellowship in Jurisprudence and Social Policy
Boalt Summer Public Interest Fellowship
2007 Fellowship for Public Interest work in Law and Technology
Institute for European Studies fellowship, DAAD
Foreign Language and Area Studies fellowship
Selznick Fellowship in Jurisprudence and Social Policy

Invited talks


“Exilic airwaves: UK Pirate Radio and the Tower Block” What is the Place of Intellectual Property? Symposium, McGill University, Montreal, CA, June 26

“Submerged Voices in Underground Performance,” Opening plenary, Rare Book &; Manuscript section of American Library Association Annual Meeting, June 24
Rocking the Body Politics: Musical Spaces for Resistance and Survival,” Center for the Arts in Society, Carnegie Mellon University, April 22
“Listening Spaces, Exile and Intimacy,” Listening Spaces symposium, Studio for Creative Inquiry, Carnegie Mellon University, October 19
“When the Wrong Side is the Right Side: The Harms of Digital Inclusion,” Olin College of Engineering Technology & Culture Seminar Series, September 25
“Exile, Resistance, Occupation, Music,” Clandestino Institut, Göteborg Sweden, June 8
“International Approaches to the Creative Economy,” Western States Arts Foundation Cultural Policy Symposium, April 13
“Beyond the Benefit Concert: Innovating Activism, Activating Artists,” (invited panelist) at Innovate/Activate! Symposium, UC Berkeley Law School, April 23
“Is it All in our Heads? Music and Metadata,” All2gethernow music and technology festival. Käter Holzig, Berlin, Germany, November 4
“Killer Apps, Conflicting Law: Remixing Compensation in Music Services,” (invited panelist) Future of Music Policy Summit, Washington, DC, October 4
“From Jamaica to di World! Musical Identity in a Globally Networked Context,” Microsoft Social Media Research Collective, July 26
“Music, Metadata and Memory: How We Already Own what is Shared,” Dorkbot/Studio for Creative Inquiry, Carnegie Mellon University, July 2
“Indigenous Science,” Bay Area Video Coalition Producers' Institute, June 11-18
"Visions For The Future," Berklee College of Music/MIDEM "Rethink Music" Conference, April 26
"Decolonizing Copyright: Jamaican Street Dances and Globally Networked Technology," Berkman Center for Internet & Society, Harvard University, March 22
“Decolonizing Networked Technology: Learning from the Dancehall,” Bits Without Borders: Law, Communications & Transnational Culture Flow in the Digital Age. Michigan State Law School, September 24
“Jamaican Sound Systems and the Politics of Permission,” Colloquium, “Art & Culture of the DJ” at Festival on the Hill, University of North Carolina, February 19
“Jamaican Cultural Practice and Copyright,” Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia, October 5  
“Answer! Conversation vs. Permission in Jamaican Music-making,” Sound Summit music festival, Newcastle, Australia, October 3
“Practice not Property: Musical Improvisation vs. Copyright Law,” Takeovers & Makeovers: Artistic Appropriation, Fair Use, and Copyright in the Digital Age. Berkeley Art Museum and the Berkeley Center for New Media, November 11
“Copyright vs. Creativity,” Invited panelist, MUTEK: Montreal Electronic Music and Digital Creativity Festival, Montreal, June 4
“DIY => DIT: New Social Practices and Digital Distribution,” (invited panelist) UC Institute for Research in the Arts Conference,
UC Berkeley Art Museum, May 19  
“Copyfight: the Future of Remix/Mashup Culture,” Invited panelist, RES Film Festival The Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco, CA, November13
“‘All T'ief is T'ief?’: Intellectual Property, Music and Economic Development,” Institute for Commonwealth Studies, University of London, October 16

Conference Papers

Panels Organized

“Web Writing, Ethics, Ownership and Power for Marginalized Communities,” Allied Media Conference, June 24
“We Come Alive: Exilic Spaces for Remixing Social Life” Radical Aesthetics and Politics. Hunter College, December 11
“Radical Organizing From the Dancefloor,” Allied Media Conference, June 28

Papers Presented

“Copyright, Property and Propriety in the Jamaican Street Dance,” Law and Society Association, June 1
“Crossing Borders, Exilic Space: The Video Light in Global Circulation,” American Anthropology Association Annual Meeting, November 14
"Music & Metadata: Do Songs Remain the Same?" South By SouthWest - Interactive, March 14

"Invisible Cities: Mapping Media In Underground Art & Music, " Unofficial Music Conference at South By SouthWest, March 16
“Between Copyright and Democracy: Answer Songs, Conversation and Permission in Jamaican Music,” Law & Society Association Annual Meeting, May 28
“Rights in Cyberspace: Public Attitudes about Online Privacy,” Law & Society Association Annual Meeting, June 3
“Shaping, Breaking, and Taking Research: Intellectual Property Law Dilemmas and Challenges From The Field,” Society for Ethnomusicology Annual Meeting, November 17 
“Listening to Law, Getting Law to Listen: Musical Practice and Legality,” International Association for the Study of Popular Music Annual Meeting, November 13
“Shaky Ground, Thin Air: Intellectual Property Law and the Jamaican Music Industry,” Caribbean Studies Association Annual Meeting, June 5


“Beyond Efficiency: Consequence-sensitive Theories of Copyright,” Talha Syed & Oren Bracha. IP Scholars Conference, August 7 

Community outreach

Invited events

“Telling a Story with Music” Youth workshop at Arts Greenhouse, Pittsburgh, PA October 11
“Making a Community Mixtape for Jackson,” Jackson, MS Community Center, June 24
From Jamaica to London: Creativity, Communication and Copyright Law,” Crosspollinate Jackson Colloquium series, at Jackson Community Design Center, Jackson, MS, June 25
“Copyright and Creative Practice from Jamaica to the Open Source Movement: A Conversation with Larisa Mann & Karl Fogel,” The Change You Want to See Gallery & Upgrade NY, September 3

Sole or collaboratively organized events

“Beyond the Block” Community Festival. Sunset Park, Brooklyn, NY
Volunteer legal aid, Students Expressing Truth Prison project, Kingston, Jamaica 2007 

Teaching Experience

Adjunct Instructor or Part Time Lecturer

Rutgers University, School of Communication and Information
            Information Policies, Politics and Power                        (Spring 2014 expected)
Gender and Technology                                                Fall 2013 (Spring 2014 expected)
Brooklyn College, Sociology
            Sociology of Law            Fall 2012, Fall 2013
New York University, Media, Culture and Communication
            Media and Cultural Analysis                                    Winter, Spring & Fall 2012
            Media, Technology & Society                                    Fall 2012
            Hacker Culture & Politics                                                Spring 2012

Graduate Student Instructor

University of California at Berkeley Media Studies                       
Introduction to Media Studies                                    Fall 2010
University of California at Berkeley Legal Studies                        
American Constitutional History (20th ct.)             Summer 2010
American Constitutional History                                     Fall 2007, Fall 2005
Property and Liberty                                                 Spring 2006, Spring 2007
Feminist Jurisprudence                                                Fall, 2006

Research Experience

Graduate Student Researcher, Samuelson Law, Technology and Public Policy Clinic, September 2005-May 2007

Media coverage

“Antropologinja s Berkleya o Digitalizaciji Koja Ranjava Kulturu i Identitet. ” [trans: Berkeley Anthropologist on How Digitization Harms Culture and Identity] Novi List (Croatia), July 28
“DJ Ripley (Larisa Mann) at Dorkbot and Garden of Earthly Delights, Brillobox” Pittsburgh City Paper, July 13
“Person of the Week: Larisa Mann,” Jackson Free Press, June 24

Non-Academic Publicatons

Web-based publications

“Students Sue The RIAA,” February 25, 2009 WireTap online, reprinted in The Nation Online March 16, 2009

“Download a Song, Lose Your Loan?” December 3 2007 WireTap online, reprinted in The Nation Online December 17, 2007

Academic Memberships

National Communication Association
International Communication Association
Law and Society Association

International Association for the Study of Popular Music

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