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Jan 27 2024

Reconsidering Music, Technology, and Gender: A Symposium

Lani Hall

The ways sounding technologies contribute to the articulation of musical lives and social selves has been a growing area of scholarly interest over the past several decades. Considerations of music technologies’ and tools’ material affordances, attendant social practices, cultural codings, and political ecologies have been taken up by scholars in musicology, gender studies, media studies, science and technology studies, and beyond. Reconsidering Music, Technology, and Gender is a one-day symposium that seeks to revisit the many ways in which musicians and listeners utilize technology (through various plug-ins and softwares, the internet, hardwares, instruments, and platforms) to create, challenge, subvert, and affirm. This symposium calls for renewed and new perspectives on the intersections of music, technology, and gender, enlivened attention to contemporary contexts and practices of music making, and un- or under-told counterhistories of celebrations and governances of gender in musical life.

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This symposium is presented by the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music in collaboration with the Center for the Musical Humanities and co-organizers Catherine Provenzano and Lily Shababi.

This program is made possible by the Joyce S. and Robert U. Nelson Fund. Robert Uriel Nelson was a revered musicologist and music professor at UCLA, who, together with his wife, established a generous endowment for the university to make programs like this possible.

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Like most of The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music’s programs, this event is FREE! Register in advance for this event via the link above. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the event.  Seating is on a first-come, first-seated basis. Early arrival is recommended. Registrants receive priority up until 15 minutes before the event.


Self-service parking is available at UCLA’s Parking Structure #2 for events in Schoenberg Music Building and the Evelyn and Mo Ostin Music Center. Costs range from $4 for 1 hour to $15 for all day. Evening rates (after 4 p.m.) are $3-$5 for 1 to 2 hours and $10 for all night. Learn more about campus parking.


The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music is eager to provide a variety of accommodations and services for access and communications. If you would like to request accommodations, please do so 10 days in advance of the event by emailing ADA@schoolofmusic.ucla.edu or calling (310) 825-0174.


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Food and drink may not be carried into the theaters. Thank you!


The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music acknowledges the Gabrielino/Tongva peoples as the traditional land caretakers of Tovaangar (the Los Angeles basin and So. Channel Islands). As a land grant institution, we pay our respects to the Honuukvetam (Ancestors), ‘Ahiihirom (Elders) and ‘Eyoohiinkem (our relatives/relations) past, present and emerging.