Keith Kahn-Harris

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Keith Kahn-Harris is a scholar in the new field of heavy metal studies. He works as a writer, sociologist, lecturer, salonist and music critic. He is an honorary research fellow and associate lecturer at Birkbeck College[1] and an associate lecturer for the Open University. He is also an associate fellow of the Institute for Jewish Policy Research[2] and a visiting scholar at Oxford University's Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies. He is a regular reviewer for a number of scholarly journals including Sociology, Sociological Research Online, Journal of Contemporary Religion, European Journal of Cultural Studies and Popular Music History.

He has also published academic and non-academic articles on a variety of topics, including: Judaism; music scenes; heavy metal music; transgression; Israel; communities; dialogue; religion; ethnicity; political discourse; and denial.

Select Bibliography[edit]


Refereed articles in scholarly journals[edit]

  • 'Religious Popular Music: Between the Instrumental, Transcendent and Transgressive' in Temenos: Nordic Journal of Comparative Religion, 48/1, 87-106 2012
  • (With Ben Gidley) 'Contemporary Anglo-Jewish and Community Leadership: Coping with Multiculturalism' The British Journal of Sociology 63/1 2012
  • ‘Creating Jewish Rap: From Parody to Syncretism’ in transversal – Zeitschrift für Jüdische Studien 1 2009 21-38
  • ‘The ‘Failure’ of Youth Culture: Music, Politics and Reflexivity in the Black Metal Scene’ in The European Journal of Cultural Studies, 7/1 2004, pp 95–111
  • ‘‘Roots’?: The Relationship Between the Global and the Local Within the Global Extreme Metal Scene’ in Popular Music 19/1, 2000, pp 13–30

Journal special issues[edit]

  • (Co-edited with Titus Hjelm and Mark LeVine) 'Heavy Metal: Controversies and Countercultures' Popular Music History 6: 1/2, April/August 2012
  • (Co-edited with Karl Spracklen and Andy R. Brown) 'Metal Studies: Cultural Research in the Heavy Metal Scene' Journal for Cultural Research 15: 3, July 2011

Other articles in scholarly journals[edit]

  • ‘The Politics of Brisket: Jews and The Wire,’ Darkmatter, no. 4 29 29 May 2009
  • ‘I Hate This Fucking Country’: Dealing with the Global and the Local in the Israeli Extreme Metal Scene’ Critical Studies 19: Music, Popular Culture, Identities, 2002 pp 133–151

Chapters in scholarly books[edit]

  • You Are From Israel and that is Enough to Hate you Forever: Racism, Globalization and Play Within the Global Extreme Metal Scene' in Metal Rules the Globe: Heavy Metal Music around the World, eds Jeremy Wallach, Harris M. Berger, Paul D. Greene (Duke University Press 2012)[1]
  • (With Ben Gidley) 'From Security to Insecurity: British Jewish Communal Leadership in the Context of Multiculturalism' in Dynamic Belonging: Contemporary Jewish Collective Identities, ed Harvey E. Goldberg, Steven M. Cohen, and Ezra Kopelowitz (Berghahn Books 2011)

Academic Positions[edit]

  • 2007-8 : Research Associate at the Centre for Urban and Community Research, Goldsmiths College, working on two projects funded by the Rothschild Foundation Europe: ‘A Mapping Study of Efforts to Combat Antisemitism, Racism and Xenophobia at the Local, Communal and Grassroots Levels in Europe’ (with Roger Hewitt) and ‘From Security to Insecurity?: Jewish Communal Leadership in Changing Times’ (with Ben Gidley).[8]
  • 2005 : Postdoctoral Fellow at the Advanced Cultural Studies Institute of Sweden, Campus Norrköping of Linköping University.[9]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Centre for Religion and Contemporary Society:". Retrieved 16 July 2012. 
  2. ^ "Institute of Jewish Policy Research: Staff". Retrieved 16 July 2012. 
  3. ^ Rocker, Simon (6 June 2014). "Uncivil War: The Israel Conflict in the Jewish community". The Jewish Chronicle. Retrieved 22 July 2014. 
  4. ^ "All That Matters | Interesting introductions to important ideas". Retrieved 16 July 2012. 
  5. ^ "Despatches from the Invisible Revolution | New Public Thinking #1: Reflections on 2011". New Public Thinking. 2012. Retrieved 22 September 2012. 
  6. ^ Kahn, Keith. "Turbulent times: The British Jewish community today". Ekklesia. Retrieved 16 July 2012. 
  7. ^ matilda says: (11 July 2007). "Book Review: Keith Kahn-Harris – Extreme Metal: Music and Culture on the Edge | Latest News". Metal Injection. Retrieved 16 July 2012. 
  8. ^ a b "Kahn-Harris, Keith, Goldsmiths, University of London". Retrieved 16 July 2012. 
  9. ^ "Activities 2005: Activities: ISAK: Linköpings universitet". ISAK. Retrieved 16 July 2012.