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KIEM Symposium on Gender Dynamics in the Music Industry

From:Fr 17-05-2019
Until:Sa 18-05-2019
Where:Het Heerenhuis

The Department of Arts, Culture and Media in connection with the research project Exploring Gender Barriers in the (Dutch) Music Industry funded by the NWO KIEM (Creative Industry – Knowledge Innovation Mapping) at the University of Groningen is pleased to invite you to a two-day symposium to be held on May 17-18, 2019. The symposium will bring together both scholars and industry professionals to share insights on the topic of Gender Dynamics in the Music Industry. The intention is to share resources and create a dialogue to better address the lack of gender parity within the music industry. Further, we seek to extend to discussion to fields connected to, but not exclusive to the (relatively better researched) performance sphere.

During this two-day seminar, we welcome two keynote speakers, Dr. Marion Leonard (University of Liverpool, UK) and Dr. Ann Werner (Södertörn University, Sweden) with experience researching and publishing on this important topic as well as an evening performance at the local cafe Het Heerenhuis.

Dr. Marion Leonard will speak on Cranking up the Volume: Working on Gender in the Music Industries

Marion Leonard is senior lecturer in the Department of Music at the University of Liverpool where she is also a member of the Institute of Popular Music. She is author of Gender in the Music Industry (Ashgate) which drew on in-depth interviews with women rock musicians to explore how they negotiated gendered cultures within their working lives. Her recent work in this area has looked beyond musicians to consider how gender structures the experiences of women working in other areas of employment in the music industries. She has published numerous articles and chapters in the field of popular music studies and is co-editor of The Beat Goes On: Liverpool, Popular Music and the Changing City (Liverpool University Press) and Sites of Popular Music Heritage (Routledge).

And Dr. Ann Werner will speak on Feminist Interventions and the Music Industry.

Ann Werner’s PhD in the field of cultural studies examined teenage girls’ uses of popular music while attending the institutions Linköping University in Sweden and Western Sydney University in Australia. From 2009, she took various posts in music, media and gender studies at Södertörn University, Stockholm University, Auckland University, and Linnaeus University respectively. Her research interests include projects on first people’s music online, dancing within YouTube, and draws from concepts from education, music and gender studies. She has also researched music related media such as music streaming as well as the relationship between music, gender, feminism and anti-racism more broadly. Her latest publication in the journal Per Music is titled “What Does Gender have to do with Music Anyway?” (2019 forthcoming). In 2018, she published the book Streaming Music on Routledge, co-written with Sofia Johansson, Patrik Åker and Gregory Goldenzwaig.

For the entire program please see our website.


May 17th – Exposition Hall, Harmony Building 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. (Oude Kijk in Het Jatstraat 26, 9712 EK Groningen)

May 18th – Het Doopsgezinde Kerk 9 a.m. - 5.30 p.m. (Oude Boteringestraat 33, 9712 GD)