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(CANCELLED) 1st Queer Forum of the LGBTQ+ Music Study Group

Friday 3 April 2020, 9.00AM to 5pm

We regret that this event will no longer be going ahead.

The LGBTQ+ Music Study Group hereby launches a new biennial initiative: “Queer Forum”. This day-long event aims to catalyse new ways of thinking, being and doing music scholarship in and beyond the academy. As José Esteban Muñoz writes, “[w]e may never touch queerness, but we can feel it as the warm illumination of a horizon imbued with potentiality” (2009, 1). Inspired by queer and feminist theorists – especially bell hooks and Sara Ahmed - who are dissatisfied with the present, who wrestle with existing institutional structures, and who propose new modes of scholarship and education, we entice you to join us in radical academic experimentation in search for new horizons and potentialities.

The 2020 forum urges participants to recover queer pasts and imagine new queer futures. How do we create opportunity, time and space in the academy beyond the logics of capitalism to allow us to muse about music? What are the possibilities for forging strong/vulnerable subjectivities and caring solidarities within and beyond existing academic hierarchies? What freedoms can we gift ourselves to allow for experimentation in our musical writing, teaching and performing? How do we nurture and share intersectional wisdoms in ways that centre the health, well-being and vitality of ourselves and others?

The day will include no formal presentations; rather, it will be structured around a range of different creative, intellectual and social activities – workshops, reading groups, group work, interventions – that tempt us to try out new conceptualisations and embodiments of queer music scholarship. Participants are welcome to join us for a dinner the evening before (Thursday 2 April, 7pm).

We welcome musicians and scholars within music studies (including ethnomusicology, historical musicology, performance studies, popular music studies, theory and analysis, etc.) and beyond. The event is free to attend and we will offer refreshments during the day. Dinner and accommodation will be at participants’ own expenses. Information about accommodation will be sent out following event registration.

Register your participation by 1 March 2020

The event is organised by Marie Bennett, Rachel Cowgill, Thomas Hilder and Danielle Sofer. For any queries, please email: lgbtqmusicsg@gmail.com

Location: Department of Music (Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall, upper level) E106

Admission: Free