A collective conversation between fans, musicians, scholars and journalists.
WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE?
MUSIC AND GENDER
APRIL 26–29, 2018
Popular music can voice or challenge gender assumptions, whether it’s drag queen crooners of the 1930s, Britney Spears as feminine ideal, or Muddy Waters and Bruce Springsteen as the workingman hero.
Pop music also often serves as a haven for gender-fluid groundbreakers like Annie Hindle, Little Richard, and, more recently, Anohni and Syd. Even musical virtuosity and technique can be gendered, from rock’s technophallic guitar heroics to disco's feminized vocals.
This year’s diverse presenters will explore music and gender across many eras and categories including feminism, queer pop, masculinity, black music, genres, futurism, instrumentation, and religion.
4-Day | $28
4-Day MoPOP Members | $25
Program Committee Members
Regina Bradley, Kennesaw State University; Franklin Bruno (Independent scholar, Nothing Painted Blue/Human Hearts); Ashon Crawley, University of Virginia; Geeta Dayal (Independent journalist and critic); Loren Kajikawa, University of Oregon; Anna Kronzer, MoPOP; Jenn Pelly, Pitchfork; Ann Powers, NPR; Matt Sakakeeny, Tulane University; Deborah Paredez, Columbia University; Eric Weisbard, University of Alabama
The annual Pop Conference at MoPOP, first held in 2002, mixes together ambitious music writing of every kind, to bring academics, critics, musicians, and dedicated fans into a collective conversation.