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Research Colloquium: Laurie Stras

June 12, 2018 @ 5:15 pm - 6:30 pm

‘Brave new ideas begin’: Disability and gender in twenty-first-century pop

Speaker:  Laurie Stras (University of Southampton)

Convenors: Rosie McMahon and Edward Spencer


Lady Gaga’s recent revelations about her chronic health conditions and the way they have affected her ability to fulfil her global touring schedule have highlighted some of the issues faced by disabled women forging a career in the pop music industry. Singers Mandy Harvey (USA), Viktoria Modesta (UK), and the Sisters of Invention (Australia) represent a range of pop styles and attitudes, but each puts the experience of disability and gender at the centre of their performance. In this presentation, I explore the way these contemporary female disabled artists in Anglophone pop use their creative output to articulate views on disability and activism, through life-writing, visual representation, and their engagement with the public as well as in their music.


Laurie Stras is Professor of Music at the University of Southampton, and co-director of the early music ensemble Musica Secreta. She has published and presented widely on a range of topics in sixteenth-century music, popular music, and disability studies, with particular focus on female singers. Among her awards are the 2008 ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award for Best Pop Music Article, and the 2016 Noah Greenberg Award from the American Musicological Society. Her book, Women and Music in Sixteenth-Century Ferrara will appear later this year with Cambridge University Press.

All Music Research Colloquia begin at 5.15pm in the Denis Arnold Hall at the Faculty of Music. The Colloquia feature leading figures as well as younger scholars presenting their research in papers on all kinds of music-related topics. The speakers come from Oxford and many different universities around the world. Presentations are followed by discussion and a drinks reception. Students, staff, and the general public are warmly encouraged to attend.

Free admission  – Open to all


June 12, 2018
5:15 pm - 6:30 pm
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Faculty of Music
01865 (2)76133


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