Qian Li (ACG ’10) will be presenting his work Six Ways: a self-perverting model for gender typing in new chamber music at Educational Bodies: The Performance of Gender and Sexuality in Academia conference at Harvard University. Six Ways for chamber musicians combines elements of contemporary notated music, improvisation, and theater to mock a life-size experience. The concept is that each instrument takes on an archetype but, in playing out the assigned archetype, destroys the function of the piece in whole. It was created for the Oregon Bach Festival Composers Symposium in 2009 as a response to the troubling phenomenon of gender policing within queer subcultures. The conference takes place on Friday, April 8, 2011 at Yenching Auditorium on the Harvard University campus in Cambridge, MA. The registration fee is $15 for undergraduate students, $30 for graduate students, and $40 for all others. Please register online by midnight on Sunday, April 3, 2011.
About the conference
Educational Bodies: The Performance of
Gender and Sexuality in Academia
One-day Conference / April 8, 2011, Cambridge, MA
- Committee on Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, GSAS, Harvard University
- Harvard College Women’s Center
- Harvard College Queer Students and Allies
Keynote speaker: Tavia Nyong’o
Performance artist: Jill Sigman
The Committee on the Studies of Women, Gender and Sexuality at Harvard University and the Harvard College Women’s Center invites scholars, graduate students and undergraduates to explore the myriad possibilities of the performance of gender and sexuality in academic settings. To explain the significance of “performance”, it is vital to reflect on questions such as, “What is performance in an academic context?”, “How do performances of gender and sexuality shape our academic work and world?” and “How does academia shape the performance of gender and sexuality by academics?” Educational Bodies considers such performances as an entry point of exploration in three interrelated areas. These themes encourage conference participants to think differently and interdisciplinarily about performances of gender and sexuality they encounter and operate within—both consciously and subconsciously—in academic settings on a daily basis.
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