Please join us on April 13 at 7:00 p.m. for a discussion of the book “The Great Woman Singer: Gender and Voice in Puerto Rican Music” by professor Licia Fiol-Matta. This talk is co-sponsored by The Center for Ethnomusicology at Columbia University and Book Culture. It is moderated by professor Ana Maria Ochoa from the Department of Music at Columbia University. Panelists include: Licia Fiol-Matta, Jack Halberstam and Alexandra Vazquez.
Licia Fiol-Matta is Visiting Professor of Spanish and Portuguese at New York University. She received an AB from Princeton University and a PhD from Yale University, both in Comparative Literature. She is the author of A Queer Mother for the Nation: The State and Gabriela Mistral (Minnesota) and The Great Woman Singer: Gender and Voice in Puerto Rican Music (Duke). Fiol-Matta is co-editor of the series New Directions in Latino American Cultures (Palgrave) and The Puerto Rico Reader: History, Culture, Politics (under contract, Duke).
Ana Maria Ochoa is professor in the Department of Music and the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race at Columbia University. Her latest book Aurality, Listening and Knowledge in Nineteenth-Century Colombia (2014) is co-recipient of the Alan Merriam Prize in Ethnomusicology. She is currently working on the relationship between music, sound and the anthropocene, indigenous understandings of music and the relation to multinaturalism, and the relationship of silence, noise and music to the construction of postconflict. She has been a recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship, the Alan Merriam Award in Ethnomusicology, and the Greenleaf Distinguished Scholar Fellowship, among others.
Jack Halberstam is Visiting Professor of Gender Studies and English at Columbia University. Halberstam is the author of five books including: Skin Shows: Gothic Horror and the Technology of Monsters (Duke UP, 1995), Female Masculinity (Duke UP, 1998), In A Queer Time and Place (NYU Press, 2005), The Queer Art of Failure (Duke UP, 2011) and Gaga Feminism: Sex, Gender, and the End of Normal (Beacon Press, 2012). Halberstam is currently working on several projects including a book titled WILD THING on queer anarchy and a short book titled Trans* for UC Press, forthcoming in 2017.
Alexandra T. Vazquez is Associate Professor of Performance Studies at New York University. She is the author of Listening in Detail: Performances of Cuban Music (Duke University Press 2013). Her work has been featured in the journals Small Axe, American Quarterly, Social Text, women and performance, and the Journal of Popular Music Studies; and in the edited volumes Nonstop Metropolis: A New York City Atlas, Reggaeton, and Pop When the World Falls Apart. Vazquez is currently working on Writing Sound: The Florida Project, which investigates Florida as an under-theorized yet vibrant creative laboratory of the circum-Atlantic world.