Upcoming Events

SEM 2012, New Orleans

GST business meeting: Saturday November 3, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Sheraton: Bayside B

SSW and GST co-sponsor another fabulous Cocktail Party! Saturday November 3, tba


Sessions from AMS, SEM and SMT with  gender, sexuality, women topics:


Thursday, November 1

8:30-10:3- a.m. Session 1-5 SEM A: Astor Grand C 

Gender Studies

Gillian Rodger (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee), Chair

Heather Willoughby (Ewha Women’s University), “S/he Sings Just like a Woman: Sonic Construction of Gender in East Asian Theater Arts”

Kara Attrep (Bowling Green State University), “Yoko Ono and the Gendered Global Voice”

Henry Spiller (University of California, Davis), “A Queer Organology of the Harp”

Randy Drake (UniFraversity of California, Santa Barbara), “A Journey of Identity: Jennifer Leitham’s Challenge to Normative Gender Hierarchies of Jazz 


1:45 - 3:45 Session 1-25 SEM Sheraton: Esterwood

Gordon Dale (Tufts University), “Partnership Minyanim: The Envoicing of Orthodox Jewish Women”  [This is the 2nd paper in this session.]


2:00- 5:00 p.m. Session 1-34 AMS Sheraton: Oak Alley

Erinn Knyt (University of Massachusetts), “Ferruccio Busoni and the ‘Halfness’ of Fryderyk Chopin: A Study about Gender Perception and Performance Interpretation”  [This is the 2nd paper in this session.]


4:00-5:30 pm Session 1-55 Sheraton: Gran Couteau

Where the Other Black Girls Rock, Thrash, and Grind!: Black Women Challenging Limitations in Performance and Fandom in Popular Music

Birgitta Johnson (University of South Carolina), Chair

Mashadi Matabane (Emory University), “‘All the Women Are White, All the Blacks Are Men, But Some of Us Are Brave’: The Cultural Politics of Black Women Musicians with an ‘Axe’ to Grind”

Laina Dawes (Independent Scholar), “‘Black Metal is not for n@#$s, stupid b@#h!’: Black Female Metal Fans’ Inter/External Culture Clash”

Birgitta Johnson (University of South Carolina), “Women of the L.A. ‘Under- grind’: Female Artists Creating Alternatives to Mainstream Hip-hop’s Plastic Ceiling” 




Friday November 2

8:30-10:30 a.m. Session 2-5 SEM Astor: Grand C

Roundtable: Biographies, Theories, Contexts, and Women Singers—An Exploration of Tensions, Boundaries, and Necessities

Sponsored by the Section on the Status of Women

Ruth Hellier-Tinoco (University of California, Santa Barbara), Chair

Carol Muller (University of Pennsylvania), Louise Wrazen (York University), Amanda Villepastour (Cardiff University) 


8:30-10:30 a.m. Session 2-7 SEM Astor: Astor Grand A

Barbara Rose Lange (University of Houston), “Multiethnic Femininity and Hungarian ‘Gypsy Jazz’” [This is the 3rd paper in this session.]


8:30-10:30 a.m. Session 2-12 SEM Sheraton: Maurepas 

Prison Music: Ethnography between the Bars

Gage Averill (University of British Columbia), Chair and Discussant

Maria Mendonca (Kenyon College), “Music Interventions, Structural Violence, and Self-Harming in Women’s Prisons in Britain”

Benjamin J. Harbert (Georgetown University), “Politics and Privacy of Talent: Music at the Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women”

John Runowicz (Independent Scholar), “The Missing String Incident: Social Tension and Release in an Upstate New York Prison Music Room” 

[This session will be video streamed.]


8:30-10:30 a.m. Session 2-13 SEM Sheraton: Bayside B

Niyati Dhokai (University of Alberta), “Negotiating Identities in Gendered Public Spaces: Examining Garba in Gujarat, India” [This is the 4th paper in this session.]


2:00- 5:00 p.m. Session 2-35 AMS Sheration: Maurepas

Marian Wilson Kimber (University of Iowa), “Grecian Urns in Iowa Towns: Delsarte, Gender, and Cultural Aspirations in The Music Man” [This is the 2nd paper in this session.]


2:00- 5:00 p.m. Session 2-40 AMS Astor: Astor Ballrooom 3

Christopher Wells (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill), “‘A Dreadful Bit of Silliness’: Feminine Frivolity and the Early Reception of Ella Fitzgerald” [This is the 2nd paper in this session.]

Mark Burford (Reed College), “Mahalia Jackson Meets the Wise Men: Defining Jazz at the Music Inn” [This is the 4th paper in this session.]


8:00-10:00 p.m. Session 2-53 AMS Sheraton: Sheraton Grand D

A Graduate Student Forum for New Research Sponsored by the AMS LGBTQ SG

Nina Treadwell (University of California, Santa Cruz) and Emily Wilbourne (Queens College / Graduate Center, CUNY), Co-Chairs

Sarah Hankins (Harvard University) “Size and Shape are Approximate, and Subject to Change: Queer Arousal and the State of Musicology’s Search for Meaning”

Jarek Paul Ervin (University of Virginia) “From ‘You Better Work’ to ‘Born thisWay’: Popular Music and Gay Visibility” 




Saturday November 3

8:30-10:30 am Session 3-1 Sheraton: Gran Couteau

Beyond the Solo: Jazz, Gender, and Collaboration

Sherrie Tucker (University of Kansas), Chair

Tammy Kernodle (Miami University, Ohio), “Black Women Working Together: Negotiating Gendered Contexts in Jazz Collaboration”

Lisa Barg (McGill University), “Gender, Arranging, and Collaboration in Jazz: The Weston-Liston Partnership”

Dee Spencer (San Francisco State University), “Melba Liston Filmscore Composer: Crossing Events”

Monica Hairston (Columbia College Chicago),Sherrie Tucker (University of Kansas), “Not One to Toot Her Own Horn: Melba Liston’s Oral Histories and Presentations” 


8:30-10:30 am Session 3-4 SEM Sheraton: Esterwood 

Yuan-Yu Khan (University of Hawai‘i), “Gender Representation and Identity Reconstruction in Music of the Amis People in Contemporary Taiwan”  [This paper is the 4th one in this session.]


9:00-12:00 Session 3-15 AMS/SMT Sheraton: Nottoway

 Anna Gawboy (Ohio State University), “What Do Music Theorists Talk about When They Talk about Gender?” [This paper is the 1st one in this session.]


9:00-12:00 Session 3-17 AMS/SEM/SMT Astor: Grand C

Guido Adler’s The Scope, Method, and Aim of Musicology

Sponsored by The SEM Section on Women, the SMT Committee on the Status of Women, and the AMS Committee on Women and Gender

Bonnie Gordon (University of Virginia), Chair

Suzannah Clark (Harvard University), Suzanne Cusick (New York University), Maya Gibson (University of Missouri), Elizabeth Keenan (Fordham Univer- sity), Harald Kisiedu (Columbia University), Deborah Wong (University of California, Riverside) 


10:45 - 12:15 Session 3-32 SEM Sheraton: Bayside B

Alejandro L. Madrid (University of Illinois, Chicago), “Masculine, Feminine, and Queer Sensibilities in Mexican Balada” [This paper is the 3rd one in this session.]


1:45 - 3:45 Session 3-40 SEM Sheraton: Bayside C

Berta Jottar (Independent Scholar), “The Gender Politics of Bata Drumming in Havana and New York City” [This paper is the 3rd one in this session.]


1:45 - 3:45 Session 3-41 SEM Astor: Grand A

Alisha Jones (University of Chicago), “‘This Prayer is UnSpoken’: Breaking Silence and Negotiating Queerness in Black Gospel Performance” [This paper is the 3rd one in this session.]


1:45 - 3:45 Session 3-48 AMS/SEM/SMT Astor: Grand C

William Bares (University of North Carolina, Asheville), “Way Out East: Cowboys and Pioneer Women on Berlin’s Jazz Frontier” 

[This paper is the 4th one in this session.]


4:00-5:30 pm Session 3-71 SEM Sheraton: Gran Couteau

Women in Music Finding New Voices

Virginia Danielson (University of New York-Abu Dhabi), Chair

Ilana Webster-Kogen (University of London), “Feminist Perspectives on Ethiopian Music and Migration”

Regula Qureshi (University of Alberta), “To Sing or Not to Sing: Three Divas Resisting Erasure in Lucknow” 




Sunday, November 4

8:30-10:30 am Session 4-2 SEM Sheraton: Esterwood

Sonja Downing (Lawrence University), “Children’s Roles in Gender Construction through Musical Participation in Bali” [This paper is the 2nd one in this session.]

10:45 am-12:15 pm--4-29 Astor: Astor Ballroom 1    

Feminist Approaches to Music and Sound Technologies: History, Theory, and Practice

Sponsored by the Section on the Status of Women (SSW)

Tara Rodgers (University of Maryland), Chair

Tara Rodgers (University of Maryland), “Feminist Approaches to Electronic Music and Sound Historiography”

Charity Marsh (University of Regina), “Reluctant Hip Hop Warriors”: Feminist Approaches to Hop Hop Community Projects” 









**If you find other sessions in the schedule or know of papers with gender & sexualities topics, please let us know so that we can post them.**






SEM 2011, Philadelphia




SEM 2010, Los Angeles


GST business meeting: Saturday 11/13, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Fernwood Conference Room

GST-sponsored panel


Music, Movement, and Masculinities: Contested Masculinities (Friday, Nov. 12)

(Sponsored by the Gender and Sexualities Task Force and the Dance Section) 


Chair: Hari Krishnan, Wesleyan University 

Discussant: Carol Babiracki: Syracuse University


10:45 Putting Some Air on Their Chests: Movement and Masculinity in Competitive Air Guitar 

    Sydney Hutchinson, Syracuse University 

11:15 Millennial Masculinities in Hungarian Folk Music and Dance 

     Barbara Rose Lange, University of Houston 

11:45 From Gynemimesis to Hypermasculinity: The Multiple Identities of Male Performers of Bharatanatyam 

     Hari Krishnan, Wesleyan University 




SEM 2009, Mexico City


GST business meeting: Saturday 11/21, 12:30-1:30 p.m.


GST-sponsored panels (consult the program for schedule info)


Female Masculinities in Cross-Cultural Perspective           

Chair: Henry Spiller, University of California, Davis


8:30            "You Gotta Have Faith": Popular Music, "Inappropriate" Bodies, and Authenticity in North American Drag Kinging

Rachel Devitt, University of Washington


9:00            Looking Beautiful and Sounding Hip: Transforming Male Role Performance in Taiwanese Opera

Pattie Hsu, University of California, Berkeley


9:30            Redefining Gender Through Male-Style Dance in Reformation Era East Java

Christina Sunardi, University of Washington


10:00            Flirting with Kebyar: The Intrigue of Dynamic Gender in Balinese Dance

Sonja Downing, Lawrence University



Parenting in the Field:  An Ethnomusicology Careers Roundtable

Chair: Susan Thomas, University of Georgia


Presenters:  Amy R. Corin, Moorpark College; Shannon Dudley, University of Washington; Sean Williams, Evergreen College; Barbara L. Hampton, Graduate Center and Hunter College, City University of New York; Judith Cohen, Independent; Denise Dalphond, Indiana University



Other panels focusing on gender/sexuality



Gendering and Regendering

Chair:  Eileen Hayes, University of North Texas


10:45            Playing Out and Creating jaww:  The Work of Contemporary Women’s Wedding Ensembles in Tunisia

Alyson E. Jones, University of Michigan


11:15            Making Men with/of Muhabbet:  Depression, Turkish Classical Music, and Masculinity on a Street in Istanbul              Denise Gill, University of California, Santa Barbara


11:45            Re-gendering vir rasa in Marathi Nationalist Performance           

Anna Schultz, University of Minnesota



Gender Contradictions

Chair:  David Novak, University of California, Santa Barbara


10:45            "I'm Ugly but I'm Trendy:" Funkeiras in Rio de Janeiro

Patricia Vergara, University of Maryland


11:15            A Lullaby for Africanness:  Popular Music, Gender, and Swahili Cultural Identity

Andrew Eisenberg, Stony Brook University


11:45            What do Men Sing in "the Women's Kingdom"? Matriarchal Culture and Gender Equality among the Mosuo            

Chia-Yu Joy Lu, Wesleyan University