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Saturday, April 22 • 4:15pm - 6:15pm
Girls and Girlhoods

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The election of 2016 provided fodder for a renewed public discussion of the harassment and violence experienced by girls and the adult women in their lives, as well as stories of resistance and resilience. Such conversations in the context of electoral politics are important, but they obscure the political significance of cultural sites where girls routinely formulate their identities as girls, that is, as people occupying a particular set of subject positions within social structures characterized by power and inequality. How might we assess the political implications of girls’ musicking? This panel brings together five scholar-teachers whose work engages the political nature of popular music as a site for inquiry, critical dialogue and progressive pedagogy in order to explore how popular pedagogies enacted through music inscribe and describe the political selves of girls (and some women). What do we imagine as political when we hear Black girls engaged in sonic expressions of their political, social, and spiritual selves? When an all-girl band formed at girls’ rock camp repeatedly declares “We’re not a girl band,” what are they saying about the meaning of (post) feminism as a political ideology, of girlhood as a social location, or of their own positions as political or social actors? How can a nostalgic pop counter-history of girls’ performance illuminate political identities? How might girls and women create a political erotics of feminist solidarity through their consumption and interpretation of pop stars like Jenni Rivera? Together, these papers encourage us to reconsider activities often dismissed as private or apolitical in order to recognize girls’ critical and political thinking and their potential as political agents.

Diane Pecknold and Sarah Dougher, “Teaching and Enacting (Post) Feminist Politics at Girls’ Rock Camp and Beyond”
Yessica Garcia Hernandez, “Little Divas in Training: Exploring the Negotiations of Jenni Rivera Girl Fans and their Participation in Intergenerational Fan Cultures”
Jessica L. Robinson, “It Sounds like Music, It Looks like Us: Ritualized Practices of Sounded Expressions”
Alexandra Apolloni, “Here Come the Girls: Nostalgia, Power, and the Politics of Pop History”


Lara Langer Cohen

Twitter | | Lara Langer Cohen is Associate Professor of English at Swarthmore College. She is the author of The Fabrication of American Literature: Fraudulence and Antebellum Print Culture and co-editor, with Jordan Alexander Stein, of Early African American Print Culture (both... Read More →

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Alexandra Apolloni

Twitter | | Alexandra Apolloni holds a PhD in Musicology from UCLA and is the Program Coordinator at the UCLA Center for the Study of Women. Her writing has appeared in a number of academic and non-academic publications, including Women & Music, Echo: a music-centered journal, The Avid Listener, Hippo Reads, and The Toast. Her current book project examines vocal performances of race and class by young women singers in 1960s Britain... Read More →
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Sarah Dougher

Twitter | | Sarah Dougher is an adjunct assistant professor in the department of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Portland State University. She is at work on a book about tween girls’ music criticism with colleague Dr. Diane Pecknold. She most recently contributed to Voicing Girlhood in Popular Music, ed. Jacqueline Warwick and Allison Adrian, and Mediated Girlhoods, Volume 2, ed. Mary Celeste Kearney and Morgan Blue... Read More →
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Yessica Garcia Hernandez

Yessica Garcia Hernandez is a PhD student in the Department of Ethnic Studies at the University of California, San Diego. Her research explores the ways immigrant communities create sonic identities within the genre of Mexican regional music. She uses a Chicana feminist lens to explore the intersections of gender and sexuality among fan clubs and paisa party crews of the late 90s and 2000s. In her dissertation, she particularly explores the popularity and fandom of late Chicana singer Jenni Rivera... Read More →
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Diane Pecknold

Diane Pecknold is an Associate Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Louisville, where she teaches girls’ studies, gender and popular music, and feminist history. She has published extensively on the racial and gender dynamics of country music and is currently working with Sarah Dougher on a book about tween... Read More →

Jessica L. Robinson

Jessica L. Robinson is a doctoral student in Media and Cinema Studies (Institute for Communications Research) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her work, done in community with the SOLHOT collective, focuses on the politics and poetics of the life-making/saving practices of black girlhood. With specific focus on art making legacies of black feminisms, her research and artist practice interrogates black girl creations of soundscapes as well as analog and digital landscapes... Read More →

Saturday April 22, 2017 4:15pm - 6:15pm
Hyatt House 201 5th Avenue N, Seattle, WA 98109