Resilience, Sonic Patriarchy, & Feminist Melancholies

Kunstquartier Studio 1, Mariannenplatz 2, 10997 Berlin Map
Tickets: 5 € / 10 € day pass


14:30 15:30

Talk by Robin James

Though the idea of resilience is often presented as a progressive solution to gender, race, and class-based inequalities, the labour of resilience follows a traditionally patriarchal division of labour, which makes women and other non-cis-men responsible for fixing both themselves and systemic social problems like sexism. Resilience is a quintessentially neoliberal technology that uses logics of investment and purported inclusion to upgrade and intensify white supremacist capitalist patriarchy to work more efficiently in the early 21st century. I use Rebecca Lentjes’ concept of “sonic patriarchy” to explain how this happens in 21st century popular music, and then identify several musicians’ "melancholic" alternatives to resilience.


Robin James[US]

Robin James is Associate Professor of Philosophy at UNC Charlotte and co-editor of The Journal of Popular Music Studies

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