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Saturday, April 28 • 3:30pm - 5:30pm
Roundtable: Critical Karaoke, Sex and the Singles Girl

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Critical Karaoke, Sex and the Singles Girl
Presenter order for this presentation will be random.
It couldn’t be more simple: I am proposing a Critical Karaoke “roundtable” titled "Sex and the Singles Girl.” The participants, to be chosen as the conference approaches and in consultation with the program committee (as this generally draws from those already presenting), will each present on one pop single that takes up the questions of sex and/or gender, with a particular interest in femme/queer experience. My hope is that these presentations can go beyond the polarities of empowerment and disrespect that have characterized the majority of accounts of gender in pop, with the goal of understanding the ways that sex and gender relations are constitutive of the category of the pop single; the implicit historical argument is that the pop single couldn’t exist without the uneven sex and gender dynamics that we might wish to overcome. But that is just sort of my initial hypothesis, not something to which all presenters would be held. I hope also that a breadth of genres can be included. I think 8 panelists is a good number. I myself may well simply help organize, to leave more room for many critics and scholars who have made sex and gender an ongoing priority in their work. The end.
Moderator: Joshua Clover

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Regina N. Bradley

Regina N. Bradley is Assistant Professor of English and African Diaspora Studies at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, GA. She writes about race and sound, hip-hop, and the post-Civil Rights Black American South. Her first book, Chronicling Stankonia: OutKast and the Rise of the... Read More →
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Joshua Clover

Joshua Clover is author of six books including poetry, cultural history, and political theory; he’s been translated into a dozen languages. His most recent book is Riot.Strike.Riot: The New Era of Uprisings (Verso 2016), a political economy of insurrection and renarration of capital’s... Read More →

Robin James

Robin James is associate professor of philosophy at UNC Charlotte. She is author of Resilience & Melancholy (Zer0) and The Sonic Episteme (forthcoming with Duke University Press). Her writing has appeared in places like The New Inquiry, SoundingOut!, Noisey, Real Life, and The Journal... Read More →
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Sarah Kessler

Sarah Kessler is a media scholar and television critic. Her book project, Anachronism Effects, focuses on ventriloquism in transatlantic popular culture. Her writing has appeared in the Brooklyn Rail, Camera Obscura, In These Times, Public Books, Triple Canopy, and Women’s Studies... Read More →
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Rashod Ollison

Rashod Ollison is an award-winning culture critic and a native of Little Rock, Arkansas. He earned a BA in journalism and creative writing from the University of Arkansas and has been a staff critic for the Dallas Morning News, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Journal News in Westchester... Read More →

Jenn Pelly

Jenn Pelly is a Contributing Editor at Pitchfork and author of The Raincoats, a volume in the 33 ⅓ series on the British feminist punk band. Her writing has appeared in Rolling Stone, SPIN, The Wire, The Village Voice, and Teen Vogue. She lives in New York."In the Sea of Possibility... Read More →
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Ann Powers

Ann Powers is NPR Music's critic and correspondent. She writes for NPR's music news blog, The Record, and she can be heard on NPR's newsmagazines and music programs. She is the author of Good Booty: Love and Sex, Black and White, Body and Soul in American Music (2017). Powers also... Read More →

Oliver Wang

Oliver Wang is a professor of sociology at California State University, Long Beach and author of Legions of Boom: Filipino American Mobile DJ Crews of the San Francisco Bay Area. He writes on arts and culture for NPR, KCET’s Artbound, KPCC’s Take Two and other outlets. He is... Read More →

Saturday April 28, 2018 3:30pm - 5:30pm PDT
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