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Friday, April 15 • 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Roundtable: Who Speaks for Country Music?
While country articulates working-class concerns symbolically and concretely, those who analyze it tend to be academic and media professionals, members of the “narrating class.” This roundtable will examine the processes of translation and ventriloquism that arise when middle-class voices dominate the public conversation about country, exploring the mainstream and allied genres, such as Americana, that carry very different class connotations. We hope to interrogate how structural power determines which voices can be heard in country discourse and with what consequences.

Speakers
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Jon Freeman

Jon Freeman lives in Nashville, where he is a contributor to Rolling Stone Country and the Nashville Scene. He has spent the last 12 years covering country music, Americana and Nashville's music industry for a variety of outlets, including the local trade publication Music Row Magazine and Nash Country Weekly magazine, where he served as managing editor.
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Jewly Hight

Based in Nashville, TN, music critic and journalist Jewly Hight contributes to NPR/NPR Music, Billboard, Vulture, Rolling Stone Country, the Nashville Scene, and a number of other outlets. Her work has also appeared in Cosmopolitan, Wondering Sound, VICE, The Oxford American, No Depression, Relix, and elsewhere. She was the 2015 recipient of the Chet Flippo Award for Excellence in Country Music Journalism and has a Master of Theological Studies... Read More →
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Nadine Hubbs

Nadine Hubbs is a musicologist and gender-sexuality theorist who frequently treats socioeconomic class. She is author of two books, The Queer Composition of America’s Sound and Rednecks, Queers, and Country Music, and of essays and reviews including a new essay on Dolly Parton and country homoerotics in “Jolene” and a forthcoming chapter on epic heterosexuality in Springsteen. She teaches Women’s... Read More →
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Diane Pecknold

Diane Pecknold is Associate Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Louisville. She is author of The Selling Sound: The Rise of the Country Music Industry and editor of Hidden in the Mix: The African American Presence in Country Music. She also co-edited, with Kristine M. McCusker, A Boy Named Sue: Gender and Country Music and its forthcoming companion volume, Country Boys and Redneck Women: New Essays on Gender and... Read More →


Friday April 15, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm
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