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Friday, April 27 • 11:15am - 12:45pm
Rethinking Lesbian Sound

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  1. Rachel Corbman "Holly Near on Tour for the National Women’s Studies Association:
    Women’s Music and the History of Women’s Studies"
  2. Rachel Stonecipher “Sighting and Citing the Lesbian in Live Music Performance”
  3. Jessica Pruett  "You Treat Me Like Your Boyfriend”: Tegan and Sara’s Bid for Lesbian Pop Stardom"
Moderator: Mairead Sullivan

There is a growing body of queer feminist scholarship that is interested in the recent history of lesbian feminism, as well as the continued resonance of lesbian identities and cultures in the current moment (Cvetkovich 2003, Enke 2007, Freeman 2010, Hesford 2013, Huffer 2013, Traub 2015, Wiley 2016, Hobson 2016, Hogan 2016, Bessette 2017, Beins 2017). Popular culture studies, however, has remained largely insulated from this scholarly trend, in part because many lesbian cultural productions have assumed an oppositional relationship to popular culture. In this panel, we offer interdisciplinary perspectives that consider the production and consumption of lesbian music and musical performances. Focusing on a U.S. context, and spanning the 1970s to the present, the papers on this panel cumulatively trace the emergence of the women's music movement in the 1970s and 1980s, the ways in which this genre continues to shape expectations for lesbian performers today, and the complicated ways in which lesbian and queer identified women "read" lesbian sensibilities into live music performances.


Rachel Corbman

Rachel Corbman is a doctoral candidate in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Stony Brook University. Her dissertation "Conferencing on the Edge: A Queer History of Feminist Field Formation, 1969-1989" uses conferences to trace the intellectual and infrastructural history... Read More →
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Jessica Pruett

Jessica Pruett is a doctoral student in the Culture and Theory program at UC Irvine. Her research examines lesbian relationships to mass culture in the United States, focusing on the impact of lesbian feminism on contemporary depictions of lesbianism in popular music and television... Read More →

Rachel Stonecipher

Rachel Stonecipher is a doctoral candidate in Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. Her dissertation, titled “People Change: Fluidity, Difference, Gender, and Race in Lesbian/Queer Futurity,” explores how contemporary identifications with lesbian culture situate gender... Read More →
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Mairead Sullivan

Mairead Sullivan is Assistant Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at Loyola Marymount University. Sullivan has published in Women’s Studies Quarterly, Feminist Formations, Catalyst: Feminism, Theory and Technoscience, The Journal of Lesbian Studies, and The Journal of Homosexuality... Read More →

Friday April 27, 2018 11:15am - 12:45pm PDT
Demo Lab MoPOP, 325 5th Avenue N, Seattle, WA 98109

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