The Keynote Speakers of Groove the City 2020 are:

Sara Adhitya (University College London)

‘Composing Urban Rhythms – from theory to practice’

Dr. Sara Adhitya is a Research Fellow with the Accessibility Research Group at University College London, as well as the co-director and lead urban designer of its Universal Composition Laboratory which addresses the multisensorial design of urban environments in space-time. Informed by a multidis-ciplinary background in architecture and urban de-sign, music and sound design, and health and wellbeing, her research-by-design work focuses on how sound and music practices can improve the quality of urban design. She collaborates with research institutes, non-profit organisations, governments and communities around the world to help make our cities more liveable and sustainable. Sara is author of Musical Cities: Listening to Urban Design and Planning.

Alejandro Mercado (Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Mexico)

Fluid Urban Spaces of Music Scenes’

Alejandro Mercado is Full Professor and coor-dinator of the Area of Global Studies at the Research Center on North America at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. He holds a phd in Urban Planning from the University of Califor-nia LA. His line of research is in the field of local and regional development and creative and cultural industries. His latest publications related to the studies of Music and the City are the book in press Studies of urban night and night economy in the cities of Mexico, the United States and Canada and articles like Urban geography of music scenes in the US-Mexico Border. The case of the cities of Tijuana and San Diego or Spatial patterns of nighttime consumption: the case of alternative popular music in Mexico City.

Jennifer Lena (Columbia University New York)


Jennifer C. Lena is a cultural sociologist who studies classification, particularly the organizational and institutional conditions for the creation, modification, or elimination of cultural categories like genres. She holds an MA, MPhil, and PhD in Sociology from Columbia University and currently works as an Associate Professor of Arts Administration at Teachers College, Columbia University. She is co-editor of the journal Poetics, and co-editor (with Fre-derick Wherry and Greta Hsu) of a book series, Culture and Economic Life, published by Stanford University Press. Among many articles and contributions, Jennifer is author of the books Entitled: Discriminating Tastes and the Expansion of the Arts and Banding Together: How Communities Create Genres in Popular Music.