2019 Southampton

Legacies of Resistance, Responding to Oppression: Changing Dynamics in LGBTQ+ Music Activism and Scholarship

3rd Annual Symposium of the LGBTQ+ Music Study Group

26th– 27th April 2019

University of Southampton

There have recently been several major legal victories for LGBTQ+ rights (e.g. the Indian Supreme Court’s decriminalisation of homosexuality, and the rulings for equal marriage in the US Supreme Court and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights), yet in the past year cultural tensions and prejudices seem to have been even more frequently exploited for political (and electoral) gain, including in some countries with previously favourable outlooks. Conscious of these changing dynamics, our third Symposium will focus on the current and historic ramifications of LGBTQ+ oppressions on creative and intellectual musical life, by exploring the impact of attitudes and beliefs such as heterosexism, monosexism and cis-sexism, and also, particularly within LGBTQ+ intersectional contexts, sexism, masculinism, racism, ableism, HIV/AIDSism, religionism, and so forth. How have such oppressions, and resistance to them, influenced music and its reception? How has musical and scholarly activism in these areas challenged social attitudes? How can musicians and researchers celebrate and draw on their queer – or other marginalised – subjectivities in their professional endeavours, in the pursuit of artistry, knowledge and social justice?

Check out the programme here

The Symposium’s keynote speaker will be Prof. Lloyd Whitesell (McGill University), whose research interests include the music of Joni Mitchell, Benjamin Britten, Maurice Ravel and Charles Ives, as well as the Hollywood musical, film music, minimalism, modern tonalities, and the anxiety of influence. He was co-editor (with Sophie Fuller) of the essay collection Queer Episodes in Music and Modern Identity (2002), which won the 2002 Philip Brett Award.

The symposium will mostly take place in the Music Building on the University of Southampton’s Highfield Campus (postcode: SO17 1BJ). Travel directions can be found at https://www.southampton.ac.uk/about/visit/getting-to-our-campuses.page.

A map of campus can be found at http://www.southampton.ac.uk/assets/sharepoint/groupsite/Administration/SitePublisher-document-store/Documents/highfield_campus.pdf.