It’s been said that music has a way to soothe the soul. For many people in the LGBT community, music has done that.
New findings about this music tradition’s history is the topic of a conference on queer popular music, hosted by Case Western Reserve University’s Center for Popular Music Studies.
The one-day event, which is free and open to the public, will feature renowned scholars from across the country.
Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013
10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Harkness Chapel Classroom
11200 Bellflower Road, Cleveland, Ohio
More and More Freaky: Post-Disco Dance Music
Alice Echols is the Barbra Streisand Professor of Contemporary Gender Studies and professor of English at University of Southern California.
Everyone is Gay’: Queer Desire, Abject Identities, and the Construction of Alternative Rock
Mitchell Morris, the Valentine Professor of Music from Amherst College, teaches a course on LGBT perspectives in popular music.
Engineering the Sounds of Sisterhood: Sandy Stone and Olivia Records
Stephan Pennington, assistant professor of music at Tufts University, studies transgender performances and identity.
Mick Jagger’s Queer Satisfaction
Judith Peraino is a professor of musicology and a member of the Medieval Studies Program and the Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program at Cornell University.
Susan McClary, Case Western Reserve professor of musicology, will respond to the conference presentations. She is the author of Feminine Endings: Music, Gender, and Sexuality (1991), an examination of cultural constructions of gender, sexuality, and the body in music from early 17th century opera to Madonna.
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