Eva Dieteren

Research project: Voices from the Margins: The Cyborg Concept Album


This PhD project investigates the cyborg concept album in order to answer the following question: How does the cyborg concept album figure as a space through which marginalised communities acquire a transmedial voice? I aim to examine in which ways the concept album offers a dynamic, interdisciplinary site for the political performativity of the cyborg. The project's focus on voices from the margins marks an intervention in academic debates on the concept album, which have primarily been focused on its development within progressive rock, neglecting to account for the legacy of female, non-binary, queer, and BIPOC artists. In order to answer this research question, the project has three main objectives: 1) to investigate how the cyborg is manifested in the concept album; 2) how the concept album presents cyborg narratives, which transcend binary, human-centred thinking; 3) how cyborg embodiment is gendered, queered and racialised. These objectives are reflected in a three-pronged methodological approach, which combines musical, narratological, and embodied performative approaches. This will be employed to support the argument that the cyborg concept album challenges human-centred, binary thinking through narrative, embodiment and voice. The project is informed by feminist and queer cyborg theory; case studies will be taken from Arca's Kick (2020-2021) series, Grimes' Miss Anthropocene (2020), Janelle Monáe's Metropolis (2008-2013) series and Dirty Computer (2018), and Little Simz' Sometimes I Might be Introvert (2021) and Stillness in Wonderland (2016).

  • Research degree: MPhil
  • Title of project: Voices from the Margins: The Cyborg Concept Album
  • Research supervisor: Dr Leah Kardos


I am a doctoral student at the Music Department at Kingston University, supervised by Prof. Isabella van Elferen and Dr. Leah Kardos. Besides my research, I am a Senior Inclusive Curriculum Consultant at Kingston University.

Prior to this, I was a Junior Lecturer at Maastricht University in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. I obtained a BA in Liberal Arts and Sciences at Maastricht University and a Master of Science by Research (MScR) in Gender and Culture at the University of Edinburgh. 

I am a member of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM) and an editor at Tijdschrift voor Genderstudies (Dutch Gender Studies journal, Amsterdam University Press).

Areas of research interest

  • Popular music
  • Decolonial feminist theory
  • Queer theory
  • Feminist posthumanism
  • Pop-culture performances


  • MScR Gender and Culture (Distinction) from the University of Edinburgh
  • BA in Liberal Arts and Sciences (Cum Laude) from Maastricht University

Funding or awards received

  • Techne AHRC Studentship
  • Prins Bernhard Cultural Foundation Scholarship (2023)
  • VSBfonds Scholarship (2018)