‘Gender Perspectives in Music’ Symposium

Durham University Music Department

‘Gender Perspectives in Music’ Symposium

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Keynote speech (tbc)

You are warmly invited to submit a paper for the Gender Perspectives in Music Symposium, to be held in the Music Department on December 11th, between 1pm and 5pm. The event is going to be the first symposium of this academic year, aiming to include contributions from several departments of Durham University in order to create an inter-disciplinary event.

The relationship of music to gender studies is never seen as a straightforward one. It can manifest itself as a critique of the male-dominated Western music tradition, and its relationship to gender representation. Music can also be seen in the light of ‘queer theory’, or as a way of expressing feminist movements – situating music in the spectrum of gender issues raises innumerable ideas and questions; the proposed symposium seeks to encourage further debate upon the topic.

Topics for discussion may include, but are not restricted to, the following:

    • gender representations: femininities and masculinities
    • queer theory
    • music and sexual identity
    • popular music and gender subcultures
    • etc.

Due to the intended fast-paced, interactive nature of the symposium format, papers are limited to 10 minutes and will be arranged in the form of round table discussions which will be grouped  according to related topics. Proposals of up to 150 words are invited for individual papers. Please submit proposals by email to [maria.kouvarou@durham.ac.uk] to be included by the organising committee.

The deadline for proposals is Tuesday 4th December.

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