Graham St John's Research Profile

Fusion Festival - 2007 . Image by Sam Rowelsky

A cultural anthropologist with research interests in electronic dance music cultures, the Burning Man movement, the anthropology of religion, alternative religious movements, entheogens.

Senior Researcher on the Swiss National Science Foundation project "Burning Progeny: The European Efflorescence of Burning Man", headed by François Gauthier in the Dept of Social Science, University of Fribourg.

Founding Executive Editor of Dancecult: Journal of Electronic Dance Music Culture

From 2000 to 2012, I conducted mixed methods research on global psyculture, critically addressing the integral roles of technology and spirituality within the transnational psytrance movement. The project was supported by the the Centre for Critical and Cultural Studies at the University of Queensland (2003-2006), School for Adanced Research in the Human Experence (SAR/SSRC Fellowship) Santa Fe, New Mexico (2006-07), and Interactive Media and Performance at the University of Regina (2008-09), and led to numerous publications including the book Global Tribe: Technology, Spirituality and Psytrance.

Between 2003-2005 I was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for Critical and Cultural Studies at the University of Queensland See Projects.

Books published in the fields of anthropology, cultural, music, media and religious studies: Weekend Societies: Electronic Dance Music Festivals and Event-Cultures (Bloomsbury 2017). Mystery School in Hyperspace: A Cultural History of DMT (North Atlantic Books, 2015);Global Tribe: Technology, Spirituality and Psytrance (Equinox, 2012); Technomad: Global Raving Countercultures (Equinox, 2009). Edited collections: The Local Scenes and Global Culture of Psytrance (Routledge, 2010), Victor Turner and Contemporary Cultural Performance (Berghahn, 2008), Rave Culture and Religion (Routledge, 2004), and FreeNRG: Notes From the Edge of the Dance Floor (Common Ground, 2001).

Between 2001-2005, Associate Editor of the Encyclopedia of Religion and Nature, as coordinator for Religions, Nature and Culture in Oceania.

From 1993-1999, doctoral research in Anthropology at Latrobe University, Melbourne. The project investigated Australia's alternative lifestyle festival, ConFest. My PhD thesis, 'Alternative Cultural Heterotopia: ConFest as Australia's Marginal Centre' (1999), has a virtual presence.

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