FIMS Profile

Niel Scobie


Niel Scobie is a PhD student in Media Studies and a Sessional Instructor at the University of Guelph's School of Fine Art and Music. He holds an MA from Carleton University in Music and Culture and a BA (Honours) from Vancouver Island University in Digital Media Studies.

Research Interests:
Popular music and culture, hip-hop studies, diaspora studies, turntablism/DJ arts, Canadian media theorists, sports and propaganda, political economy of communications, curriculum design.

Peer-Reviewed Articles and Chapters:
“Translocality and the Articulation of a Jamaican/Canadian Identity in the Music of Michie Mee.” In The Spaces and Places of Canadian Popular Culture. Edited by Victoria Kannen and Neil Shyminsky. Toronto: Canadian Scholars Press. Forthcoming, 2019.

(Co-authored with Jesse Stewart) “The Diasporic Routes and Roots of Early Canadian Hip Hop.” In Contemporary Musical Expressions and Cultural Resonances in Canada: Ethnomusicological Perspectives . Edited by Anna Hoefnagels, Sherry A. Johnson, and Judith Klassen. Kingston, ON: McGill-Queen’s University Press. Forthcoming, 2019.

(Co-authored with Jesse Stewart) “Hip Hop Music in Canada: Local and Translocal Identities.” Oxford Handbook of Hip Hop Music Studies . Oxford University Press, UK. Forthcoming.

Scobie, Niel. Review of Legions of Boom: Filipino American Mobile DJ Crews in the San Francisco Bay Area, by Oliver Wang. Perfect Beat Vol.17 no.1, 2016.

Scobie, Niel. “‘We Wanted Our Coffee Black: Public Enemy, Improvisation, and Noise.” Critical Studies in Improvisation Vol. 10 no. 1, 2014: https://www.criticalimprov.com/index.php/csieci/article/view/3028/3567

Refereed Conference Papers:
“Sound Clashing in ‘The 6’: Placing Toronto Within The Black Atlantic.” 6th Global Reggae Conference – Reggae Innovation and Sound System Culture II , February 13-16, 2019, University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, Kingston, Jamaica.

“She a Yardie: Translocalism and Jamaican/Canadian Identity in the Music of Michie Mee.” IASPM-Canada Annual Conference , May 25-27, 2017, University of Toronto.

“Innis on Ice: Examining NHL Hockey as a Space-Binding Medium.” The Toronto School: Then, Now, Next International Conference , October 13-16, 2016, University of Toronto.

“Translocality and the Articulation of a Jamaican/Canadian Identity in Toronto Hip-Hop.” “It Ain’t Where You’re From, It’s Where You’re At”: International Hip Hop Studies Conference , June 23-25, 2016, University of Cambridge, UK.

“To the Beat of Its Own Drum: Issues of Authorship Within the Aural Aesthetic of Hip-Hop Sampling.” Authorship in Music – A Royal Music Association Study Day , March 6-7, 2015, University of Oxford, UK.

“The Number One Set and Sound: Exploring Reggae’s Performative Techniques in the Music of KRS-One and Boogie Down Productions.” Oregon State University Hip-Hop Festival and Symposium , October 17, 2014, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR.

“BaKardi Slang: Negotiating a ‘Janadian’ Identity in the Music of Kardinal Offishall.” Race & Place in Hip-Hop Beyond the US – African Studies Association UK’s Biennial Conference , September 9-11, 2014, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK.

“Digital Diaspora: The DJ’s Role in Disbanding Data and Genre Hybridity.” PopLife: The Value of Popular Music in the Twenty-First Century , June 6-7, 2014, University of Northampton, UK.

“An Orchid Grows in Motown: Capturing Aura in J Dilla’s Donuts, a Response to Walter Benjamin.” Joint Meeting of the NYSSL Chapter of AMS and the Niagara Chapter of Society of Ethnomusicology , April 26-27, 2014, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY.

“On the Fly: How DJs Spun Technology and the Digital Revolution Took Flight.” African-American Music in World Culture – Art as Refuge and Strength in the Struggle For Freedom , March 17-22, 2014, Boston University, Boston, MA.

Guest Lectures:
“Beats, Buttons, and Bass: Hip-hop’s Legacy of Re-invention.” March 28, 2019, University of Guelph’s School of Fine Art and Music (Lecture and performance).

“Brands and Promotional Culture.” December 4, 2018, MIT 1050 – Navigating Media Culture, Western University. Instructor: Ryan Mack.

“Toronto Says ‘Yuh Dun Know’: Examining Jamaican-Canadian Translocality in the Works of Michie Mee and Kardinal Offishall.” November 15, 2018, MUSI 3301 – Listening to World Music, University of Houston – Moores School of Music. Instructor: Dr. Katherine L. Turner.

“The Canadian Recording Industry.” November 30, 2016, MIT 2000 – History of Communications, Western University. Instructor: Dr. Daniel Robinson.

“Canadian Hip-Hop Pioneers.” December 1, 2014, MUSI 4103 – Ethnomusicology of Canadian Traditions, Carleton University, School for Studies in Art and Culture – Music. Instructor: Dr. Anna Hoefnagels.

“From the Street to the Studio: Hip-Hop’s Technological Innovation.” April 3, 2014. MUSI 3303, Popular Music of the Americas, University of Houston – Moores School of Music. Instructor: Dr. Katherine L. Turner.


For more information, please go to www.nielscobie.com