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Saturday, April 28 • 9:00am - 11:00am
Platforms: Sonic, Feminist, Diva, Disco

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  1. Maria Elena Cepeda Moments of Recognition: Globalizing Latina/US-Colombian Girlhood in Bomba Estéreo’s “Soy yo”
  2. Roshanak Kheshti "Synthesizing the World: On the Moog Global Modular Synthesizer Project"
  3. Alyxandra Vesey "Songbirds in the Kitchen: Female Soul and Country Singers as Cookbook Authors and the Intersectional Politics of Comfort Food"
Moderator: Alyxandra Vesey

This panel takes up the concept of "platform" in considerations of music and gender. Thinking beyond the term's 21st century connotation as a digital streaming service, panelists consider the ways musical artists and designers have created and transformed our understandings of gender, sexuality, and feminism through and on a range of platforms—from synthesizer sounds to viral videos, from music diva cookbooks to the signature platform-heeled stylings of disco and funk.  Questions explored include: In what ways does the viral video, "Soy Yo," provide a platform for expressing Latina and specifically Colombiana feminist sensibilities? What are the geo-political and gendered implications of the "patched" sonic platform of the Moog synthesizer?  How does the platform of the cooking show enable pop music divas to showcase their longevity in ways that are foreclosed by the ageism and sexism of music industry?  How do Labelle's silver soul sound and silver-platform stylings create an "outer" space for inhabiting racialized and queer sexualities?  Collectively, these papers illuminate not just music as a platform for expressions of gender and sexuality but also the gendered possibilities and limitations of particular technological, generic, or stylistic platforms within the music industry.


Maria Elene Cepeda

María Elena Cepeda is Professor of Latina/o Studies at Williams College, where she researches the intersection of gender and race in Latina/o media and popular culture.  Cepeda is author of Musical ImagiNation: U.S.-Colombian Identity and the Latin Music Boom and co-editor of The... Read More →

Roshanak Kheshti

Roshanak Kheshti is Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of California, San Diego and the author of Modernity’s Ear: Listening to Race and Gender in World Music (NYU Press, 2015).  She is currently working on two monographs: Switched on Bach for the 33 1/3... Read More →
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Alyxandra Vesey

Alyxandra Vesey is an assistant professor in Journalism and Creative Media at theUniversity of Alabama. Her research focuses on the intersection between gender, race, authorship, music culture, and media industry labor. She is currently working on a manuscript about the identity politics... Read More →

Saturday April 28, 2018 9:00am - 11:00am PDT
Sky Church

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