Unfortunately, COVID-19 has inflicted its blow on us. The short version is that we are going to have to postpone --- note that I refuse to say "cancel"!--- Professor James's lecture. UNLV's College of Fine Arts has suspended all on-campus activities through April 12, with the understanding that further cancellations may be necessary as we watch what happens with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Please watch our website and Facebook page for updates about our other lectures, and about the rescheduling of this one.
The Arnold Shaw Popular Music Center at UNLV is pleased to announce its 2020 lecture series. From February through April, six scholars will visit Las Vegas to discuss the history and future of pop, rock, punk, jazz, blues, and contemporary Christian music.
In the early 1980s, the music executive, composer/arranger, and writer/historian Arnold Shaw founded UNLV’s Popular Music Center. Shaw believed that Las Vegas rested its fame—and indeed its very existence—upon two main pillars: gaming and popular entertainment. He envisioned the Popular Music Center as a foundation that would stand alongside the UNLV Center for Gaming Research as uniquely opportune sites for study, archival work, and exchange in the cultural milieu of our city.
It is in this spirit that we now invite an exciting mixture of junior and senior scholars from diverse disciplines (English, Philosophy, Musicology, and Religious Studies) to share their expertise with the university and the Las Vegas public about the varied traditions of popular music making throughout history. These scholars will raise questions about the definition of popular music, the methods for understanding popular music and culture, and the political ramifications of this activity.
All of these events are free and open to the public.
“Bad Guy” and Chill Moods: Resilience and Post-Probablist Neoliberalisms in Pop Music
Professor James’s research focuses on sound and music, theories of gender/race/sexuality, feminist philosophy, continental philosophy, and political philosophy. She explores how neoliberalism and biopolitics impact gender norms, race relations, and pop music aesthetics, and the ways that women and gender non-conforming musicians and fans write, perform, and listen to music to mitigate the negative affects of cisheterosexism and racism. Her talk will focus on the music of Billie Eilish, Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande, KMFDM, Panic! At the Disco, and Lil Nas X.