Transgender Theories of Voice: Navigating Contemporary LGBTQ Politics

deadline for submissions: 
September 30, 2016
full name / name of organization: 
Northeast Modern Languages Association
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This panel focuses on the issue of transgender vocality and how it acts as a locus point in growing critiques of neoliberalism. Rather than reach for the megaphone, however, an examination of the voice’s ideological relationship to a post-Enlightenment understanding of subjectivity may yield queer answers that will contribute to dismantling hegemonic constraints on identity. Papers about drag performers such as RuPaul’s Drag Race, transgender vocalists such as Conchita Wurst or Dana International (Eurovision), transgender voice training exercises and therapies, decolonizing the voice, and more are welcome. The panel seeks to keep the materiality of sound as the foundation of analysis, regardless of methodological or disciplinary approach.

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Any questions: Christopher Culp cmculp AT

Deadline: September 30, 2016

March 23-26, 2017

Baltimore, MD