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Tomas Peckys

MPhil/PhD Student

E: peckys.tomas@googlemail.com

Title of thesis: Identities, Subcultures and Systems of power within Lithuanian Dance Cultures from 1968 - 2014

Supervisor: Professor Stephen Cottrell

Higher educational background

BA in Music Cultures: Theory and Production at the University of East London. Graduated in 2010 with a first class award.

MA in Music at the department of Music at Goldsmiths College, University of London. Graduated in 2012 with a merit award.

Current doctoral research

One of the aims in his thesis is to explore how dance music culture in Lithuania is different from the one in the Western countries such as UK and USA. Therefore, the results of his research should demonstrate that subcultural groups are spheres of culture where engaging the self with different identities is a crucial part of the game. This thesis will highlight how dance music culture functioned as an alternative platform during Soviet occupation as well as after newly formed Lithuanian government declared its independence from the Soviet Union on March 11th 1990. The issues of identity, power, and subculture will be discussed in more detailed analysis throughout this thesis.

Key objectives/questions:

  1. To investigate the development and to examine the model of club culture in Lithuania: What were the experiences and significances of dancing at the discotheques, clubs or raves? Where was the line between "underground" and "commerce"? What was the role of music and why dance music in particular was so important to people?
  2. To highlight the phenomenon of subculture and particularly the mechanisms of formation of subcultural models connected with club culture or club music: What were the significations of being a part of specific subculture? What was considered as a centre (authentic) of the subculture? What were the key ideas, actions, and symbolic expressions (style, values, music, rebellion, drugs, etc.), which distinguished club goers from the other obtainable subcultures?
  3. To explore the dynamic nature of identity formation on personal or group levels: How multidimensional is the concept of identity? Does club culture reflects individual or collective identities? What are the differences/similarities between modernity and identity; and between post - modernity and identity in Lithuania?
  4. To examine the impact of the ruling regime(s) on the development of Lithuanian club culture.
  5. To analyse the connection with the West: to what extent Lithuanian club culture is homogenous, authentic, or specific in this respect?

Research interests

  • Soviet/post-Soviet alternative music and youth, particularly in Lithuania
  • Contemporary dance music and dance cultures
  • Music and drugs
  • Music and identity
  • Music, systems of power and ideology
  • Music and subcultures/post-subcultures
  • Music and gender particularly feminism
  • Popular Music.


  • Peckys, Tomas "The Development of Dance Music Subculture in Lithuania" in Subcultures, Popular Music and Social Change, 15th of September, 2011; London Metropolitan University
  • Peckys, Tomas "The Model of Lithuanian Club Culture" in Baltijos Elektronika Conference, 11th of February, 2012; Vilnius, Lithuania
  • Peckys, Tomas "How to be a Feminist within Popular Music" in LiteratÅ«ra ir Menas, 18th of July 2014 (article).


Technical Demonstrator at the University of East London from 2009 - 2011. Main duties included introducing students to musical instruments as well as various hardware and software including Logic Pro, Garage Band, Audacity and Final Cut Pro. Tomas was working alongside lecturers during the seminars.

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