avatar for Emily Easton

Emily Easton

​​​​Emily Easton has a Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Illinois at Chicago, as well as a B.A. and M.A. from the University of Chicago in sociology and social sciences, respectively. Her research focuses on how people choose music, with a specific focus on underground music communities. She is also a founder of Girls Rock! Chicago, as well as a record collector and DJ.

"Women Who Collect Records (And the Records They Love)"
Even with renewed interest from the academic and popular press, research on record collectors has all but excluded women. To address this sizable gap in a growing body of popular culture research, this presentation will include perspectives from women in Chicago who collect records, drawing on personal interviews and group discussions. The research will build on perspectives of vinyl records as material culture, with a specific focus on the immaterial labor of selection, as well as making a contribution to the literature on women’s experiences as music fans and consumers. Records remain one of the most important forms of objectified cultural capital in many musical communities because they have been recognized as a symbol of musical expertise and investment. Understanding how women have participated in these practices contributes to an emerging body of knowledge on the experience of the female music fans and connoisseurs, as well as the particular challenges of this role.