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Friday, April 15 • 2:00pm - 3:30pm
(En)Gendering and (Em)Bodying Black Voices Differently
Elliott H. Powell, “The Ghosted Voice of Hip-Hop: Sampling, Copyright, and the Queer Temporalities of Black Vocal Technologies”
Alisha Lola Jones, “The Heavenlies, I’ll Take You There: Black Countertenors and Transcendence in Gendered Gospel Performance”
Maureen Mahon, “Not Like a Girl: Tina Turner’s Vocal Sound and Rock and Roll Success”


Christina Zanfagna

Christina Zanfagna is Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology at Santa Clara University in music and ethnic studies. She received her PhD in ethnomusicology from UCLA. Her research focuses on music’s relationship to religion, race, and geography in urban America, with an emphasis on Black sacred and popular musics. Christina has worked for non-profit organizations such as Afropop Worldwide, Mosaic Multicultural Foundation, and the Prison... Read More →

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Alisha Lola Jones

Alisha Lola Jones is an assistant professor at Indiana University. She is completing a manuscript entitled Peculiar People: Meaning, Masculinity, and Competence in Gendered Gospel Performance, which breaks ground by analyzing the role of gospel music-making in constructing and renegotiating gender identity among Black men. Last year, Jones received academic acclaim and support through six research fellowships that included the Mellon Dissertation... Read More →
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Maureen Mahon

Maureen Mahon is an associate professor in the Department of Music at New York University. She is the author of Right to Rock: The Black Rock Coalition and the Cultural Politics of Race (Duke University Press, 2004) and is at work on a new book, Beyond Brown Sugar: Voices of African American Women in Rock and Roll, 1953-1984, under contract with Duke University Press. | | “Not Like a Girl: Tina Turner’s Vocal Sound and Rock and... Read More →

Elliott H. Powell

Elliott H. Powell is an Assistant Professor in the Department of American Studies at the University of Minnesota. He is currently at work on a book manuscript entitled Music Between the Margins: African American and South Asian Collaborative Sounds in Black Popular Music. The project brings together critical race, feminist, and queer theories to consider the political implications of African American and South Asian collaborative music-making... Read More →

Friday April 15, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Demo Lab EMP Museum, 325 5th Avenue N, Seattle, WA 98109

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