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Friday, April 15 • 10:45am - 12:45pm
Roundtable: Noise Breeding Silence—Heavy Metal Voices
Metal remains fixed as a quintessentially white male hetero form in its most visible artists and presumed demographic. The emergent field of “metal studies” has begun to document metal’s appeal to women, non-white, and LGBTQ audiences, and to millions in the developing world. This panel considers to and for whom metal seems most to be speaking. Do metal’s various subgenres (death, black, doom, grindcore, etc.) all draw on the same underlying voice? Are different strains more or less inclusive? How do questions concerning metal’s inclusivity look different from a global vantage? What can we learn from participants who occupy non-dominant positions relative to core constituencies?


Steve Waksman

Steve Waksman is Professor of Music and American Studies at Smith College. His publications include the books Instruments of Desire: The Electric Guitar and the Shaping of Musical Experience (Harvard University Press, 1999), and This Ain’t the Summer of Love: Conflict and Crossover in Heavy Metal and Punk (University of California Press, 2009). With Reebee Garofalo, he is the co-author of the rock history textbook, Rockin’ Out... Read More →

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Esther Clinton

Esther Clinton earned her PhD in Folklore from Indiana University and is currently Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Popular Culture at Bowling Green State University. Her research interests include folk and popular narrative, Norse mythology, folklore of belief, proverbs, heavy metal studies, and Southeast Asian history and culture. In 2013 she, Dr. Jeremy Wallach, and Dr. Matthew Donahue co-organized and ran the Heavy Metal... Read More →

Laina Dawes

Laina Dawes is the author of What Are You Doing Here? A Black Woman’s Life and Liberation in Heavy Metal (Bazillion Points, 2012). She is also a music and cultural critic whose writing can be found in print and online magazines, such as Hazlitt, Bitch, SPIN, Cuepoint, Wondering Sound, Flavorwire, Refinery29, MTV Iggy, MySpace, The Wire UK, NPR, Toronto Star and Exclaim! Canada. Laina recently graduated with a MA in Liberal Studies... Read More →

Joan Jocson-Singh

Joan Jocson-Singh is an Acquisitions Librarian at Columbia University in New York. She received her library science and archival degrees from Pratt Institute and is currently pursuing a second master’s in anthropology at Hunter College. She is also a book reviewer for CHOICE Library Journal and for Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLISNA), where she reviews titles on art, architecture, anthropology, and ethnomusicology. Her... Read More →
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Kat Katz

Kat Katz is a vocalist, artist, and poet from Northern Virginia. She has been singing in heavy metal bands for over 16 years. Her previous band, Salome, toured across the U.S. and released multiple EPs and albums from 2006-2011. Salome’s 2010 full length, Terminal, received positive reviews from NPR, The New York Times, and the Financial Times. Kat joined Agoraphobic Nosebleed, headed by Scott Hull of Pig Destroyer, in 2007. Their 2009... Read More →
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Jeremy Wallach

Jeremy Wallach is a professor in the Department of Popular Culture at Bowling Green State University. He is author of Modern Noise, Fluid Genres: Popular Music in Indonesia, 1997-2001 (2008) and co-editor of a special issue of Asian Music on Indonesian popular music genres (with Esther Clinton, 2013). An ethnomusicologist and anthropologist, Jeremy has written extensively on metal music and culture, and is co-editor of Metal Rules the... Read More →

Friday April 15, 2016 10:45am - 12:45pm
JBL Theater

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