Music, Gender, Sexuality (Blockseminar bei Thomas R. Hilder)

Wintersemester 2022 / 2023

Music, Gender, Sexuality (Blockseminar bei Thomas R. Hilder)

This master’s seminar offers an introduction to the topics of gender and sexuality within music studies. Since the late 1980s, ethnomusicologists, popular music scholars, historical musico-logists and music analysts have drawn on gender and queer theory to reveal how gender and sexuality are embedded in music performance, composition and production. Scholars have critiqued the white male canon of Western art music and investigated gender power relations in musical cultures around the world; they have addressed the ways in which gender and sexuality intersect through musical performance with other social categories, such as ethnicity, age, race and ability as well as proposing alternative ways of conducting and writing music history, ethnography and analysis; and they have reflected upon their own ethical roles as scholars and the potentials of socially engaged scholarship. Charting many of these debates, this course will investigate numerous contemporary artists, music traditions and musical institutions that urge us to enquire more about the global politics of gender and sexuality. The focus of individual lectures and seminars include: Beyoncé and Black feminism; the gendered nature of the Western art music canon; David Bowie and masculinities; Sámi music and Indigenous feminism; gay musical identities in Russia and Cuba; trans rights in India. As the rights of women and lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) people top political agendas around the world, this course will highlight the importance of gender and queer approaches in contemporary music studies.

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