IASPM-US and Sounding Out! are proud to bring you a collaboration that represents the first official panel of the the 2013 IASPM-US conference. While the rest of the conference will be held in Austin, TX (2/28-3/3), this first panel will feature six essays from Sounding Out! and four from IASPM-US during the months of January and February – a discourse in cyberspace that addresses and enacts the theme of the conference, “Liminality & Borderlands.” “Sonic Borders” features scholars from sound studies and popular music studies (many of whom work in both disciplines) discussing the two disciplines’ shared principles, disparate ideologies, and un/common purposes. The results should be exciting, as we invite not only the panelists to contribute their essays but also conference participants and readers of both sites to join in the conversation as we prod the connective tissue of popular music studies and sound studies.
Many thanks to the three co-founders of Sounding Out!: Liana Silva, Managing Editor, Jennifer Stoever-Ackerman, Editor-in-Chief, and Aaron Trammell, Multimedia Editor, as well as Kwame Harrison, chair of the IASPM-US conference program committee, and all of our panelists. A full schedule will be included at the bottom of each essay we publish to this site.
Today’s contribution comes from Liana Silva, who checks out Jean Grae’s version of “New York Shit,” originally a Busta Rhymes song, in order to consider ways in which a woman finds her place within the concept of a hip hop city, so often fashioned along masculine gender lines. Head over to Sounding Out! and join the conversation.
And welcome to the 2013 IASPM-US conference!
Sonic Borders Schedule
1/21 – Liana Silva, Sounding Out! – “I’m on My New York Sh*t”: Jean Grae’s Sonic Claims on the City
1/28 – Regina Bradley, Sounding Out!
2/4 – Marcus Boon, Sounding Out!
2/6 – Barry Shank, IASPM-US
2/11 – Tavia N’Yongo, Sounding Out!
2/13 – Theo Cateforis, IASPM-US
2/18 – Tara Betts, Sounding Out!
2/20 – Shana L. Redmond, IASPM-US
2/25 – Airek Beauchamp, Sounding Out!
2/27 – Devon Powers, IASPM-US