Friday, October 9th, 2020
16:40–17:20 Discussion (w/ Adam Patrick Bell)
Although there is occasionally resistance to the ‘discourse of invisibility’ in relation to women’s contribution to technologically-mediated music practices and cultures, in this paper I argue that it remains an important empirical question because of the persistence of gender inequalities in relation to women’s educational and professional experiences. Failure to do so may result in an uncritical perpetuation of what I believe are damaging neoliberal discourses which privilege individualism, competition and entrepreneurialism, producing a system of ‘winners’ and ‘losers’. In this way, the neoliberal subject is deemed responsible for her ‘success’ or ‘failure’, thereby shifting attention away from the structural constraints which result in discriminatory and exclusionary practices.
Victoria Armstrong is Research Manager for the AQA Research and Analysis Centre. As a sociologist of music, her academic interests focus on social justice and inclusion in education and within the music industry. Her work has been presented in the UK, Europe, the US, including keynotes in Norway, Sweden, and Berlin. In April 2019 she gave an invited lecture as part of the Electronic Dance Music Cultures exhibition in Paris. She is the author of Technology and the Gendering of Music Education and her second monograph, Women’s Musical Lives explores the gendered dimensions of labour in cultural work. She serves on the editorial board of Music Education Research.