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Thursday, April 14 • 3:30pm - 5:30pm
Roundtable: Voicing Girlhood in Popular Music
The young female voice is routinely denied authority: clichés of girls as frivolous, silly, and deserving of contempt prevail in mainstream popular imagery. Yet popular music is widely understood as an important vehicle for allowing girls and women to “speak out” or “make their voices heard.” This roundtable will explore the relationship between girlhood and voice in popular music. Drawing on their contributions to a new anthology of essays, Voicing Girlhood in Popular Music: Music, Performance, and Activism, the participants will address contexts as diverse as golden-age Hollywood musicals, early 21st century tween pop, and contemporary hip-hop twerking videos.

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Sarah Dougher

Sarah Dougher is a writer, educator, and musician from Portland, Oregon. She is currently collaborating with Diane Pecknold on a book about American tween music criticism. She teaches American music cultures and gender studies at Portland State University and at high schools around the Portland area. Last year she had a Fulbright in Norway, and began work on her first volume of poetry.  “Roundtable: Voicing Girlhood in Popular... Read More →


Daphne A. Brooks

Daphne A. Brooks is the author of two books: Bodies in Dissent: Spectacular Performances of Race and Freedom, 1850-1910 (Durham, NC: Duke UP, 2006) and Jeff Buckley’s Grace (New York: Continuum, 2005). She is currently working on a new book entitled Subterranean Blues: Black Women Sound Modernity (Harvard University Press, forthcoming). Brooks has authored numerous articles on race, gender, performance, and... Read More →
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Nina Sun Eidsheim

Nina Sun Eidsheim (UCLA Department of Musicology) and has published Sensing Sound: Singing and Listening as Vibrational Practice (Duke UP, 2015) and Measuring Race: the Micropolitics of Listening to Vocal Timbre and Vocality in African-American Popular Music (Duke UP, forthcoming). She has co-edited the Oxford Handbook of Voice Studies and special issue for Postmodern Culture. Eidsheim has received fellowships including from the Mellon... Read More →
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Lucy O’Brien

Lucy O’Brien has published She Bop: The Definitive History of Women in Popular Music (revised and updated for its third edition, 2013), plus in-depth biographies including Madonna: Like An Icon (2007) and Dusty (2000). She played in all-girl punk band The Catholic Girls; wrote for NME; and has contributed to publications including the Guardian, Sunday Times, Q, and MOJO. She is currently Course Leader for the BA Music Journalism at... Read More →
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Gayle Wald

Gayle Wald teaches at George Washington University. Her most recent book is It's Been Beautiful: Soul! And Black Power TV. With Oliver Wang, she co-edits The Journal of Popular Music Studies.  “Roundtable: Voicing Girlhood in Popular Music” | Popular music discourse surrounding the voices of girls and girlishness is profoundly contradictory. While girls’ voices are more prominent than ever in popular music culture, the... Read More →

Thursday April 14, 2016 3:30pm - 5:30pm
JBL Theater

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