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Thursday, April 26 • 2:00pm - 3:30pm

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  1. Lauron Kerher "Who Slays? Queer Resonances in Beyoncé’s Lemonade"
  2. Matthew D. Morrison "Black men, Queerness, and Contemporary Popular Performance"
  3. Stephan Pennington "Details Baby, Details”: Listening for Gender in The Crying Game"
Moderator: Meagan Sylvester

Kimberlé Crenshaw first coined the term “intersectionality” in 1989 to refer to the particular experiences of marginalization of black women, particularly through the interlocking systems of racism and sexism. This concept has been usefully expanded to explore the relationship between other modes of identity, including sexuality, class, disability, and what this intersectionality means for those most marginalized. In this panel, we will explore the particular intersection of race, gender, sexuality, class, and region in popular music, as well as explore how these intersectional identities resonate within popular culture. In using intersectionality as a framework for examining the musical, visual, and textual aspects of pop, we seek to demonstrates ways in which these identities are co-constructed and sometimes co-opted through performance. Through musicology, sound studies, black feminism, and queer theory, our panelists will use intersectional approaches to explore Beyoncé’s Lemonade, transgender identity and performance in The Crying Game, and the complex reception of black male queer performativity through contemporary musicians such as Frank Ocean, Mykki Blanco, and Tyler the Creator.

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Lauron Kerher

Lauron Kehrer is an Assistant Professor of Music at the College of William & Mary, where she teaches courses on American popular music, including hip-hop, and Western art music. She earned her Ph.D. in Musicology from the Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester. Her research... Read More →

Matthew D. Morrison

Matthew D. Morrison is an Assistant Professor in the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. Matthew holds a Ph.D. in Musicology from Columbia University, and his published work has appeared in publications such as the Journal of... Read More →
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Stephan Pennington

Stephan Pennington is an Associate Professor of Music at Tufts University. His work focuses on the politics of the performance of identity in popular music, focusing on intersectional analysis of race, gender, and sexuality. He has published and presented on a variety of topics from... Read More →
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Meagan Sylvester

Meagan Sylvester is a senior lecturer, music sociologist, author and researcher. Her research topics of interest and recent publications are centered on music and national identity in calypso and soca; narratives of resistance in calypso and ragga soca music; steelpan and kaiso jazz... Read More →

Thursday April 26, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm PDT
Demo Lab MoPOP, 325 5th Avenue N, Seattle, WA 98109