Research Fellow in Media and Cultural Studies at University of California, Professor in the Humanities at Quest University


Mr. Tobias c. van Veen is Research Fellow in Media and Cultural Studies at University of California Riverside and Visiting Professor in the Humanities at Quest University. He holds doctorates in Communication Studies and Philosophy from McGill University. His transdisciplinary research and teaching addresses philosophy of race, sound, and technology in critical media and diaspora studies, and he has published widely on Afrofuturism, science fiction, and electronic dance music cultures. Tobias is co-editor with Reynaldo Anderson of the “Black Lives, Black Politics, Black Futures” special issue of TOPIA: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies (2018), editor of the Afrofuturism special issue of Dancecult: Journal of Electronic Dance Music Culture (2013), and co-editor with Hillegonda Rietveld of the Journal’s special issue “Echoes from the Dub Diaspora” (2015). As a sound/media artist, filmmaker, curator, and tactical turntablist since 1993, tobias has exhibited and curated interventions, events, and broadcasts worldwide, working with STEIM, MUTEK, New Forms Festival, and the Society for Art and Technology (SAT). He recently curated two editions of the Speculative Futures of Race Symposium at CSU Northridge and UC Riverside. He is director of the 2018 Afrofuturist documentary film LOST ALIEN, distributed by Cinema Politica, featuring Los Angeles cosplayer ZiggZaggerZ as a photosensitive alien stranded on a sunlit planet. Tobias hosts the Other Planes: Afro/Futurism Podcast on , is creative director of sound-art label , and broadcasts techno-turntablist mixes at . An award-winning broadcaster and photojournalist, his photography can be found on Instagram @fugitivephilo.