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MUSI1731 Music, Gender and Sexuality seminar 5 ECTS
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Intermediate studies
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School of History, Cultural Research and Art Studies

General description

Time: Thursdays 12 - 14, 1.9. - 20.10.

Place: Virkkunen E104, Minerva (Sirkkala campus)


Why is a “weak” cadenza sometimes referred to as “feminine”? Is Wagner asexual, highly sexual or hypersexual? Is Lady Gaga a Disruptive Diva? Can a person’s sexual orientation or preferences be described through music?

This seminar works as a preliminary course for feminist and queer musicology, where matters of gender, sex, and sexuality are discussed through musical examples and in music culture. In the course, we familiarize ourselves closely with key texts and learn how to discuss and analyze feminist and queer matters in any genre of music. While the course focuses on musical styles such as opera, rock, mainstream pop and film music, students are invited to bring their own examples into discussion also from different genres.


The course consists of 7 sessions. For each session (including the first), the students will read one article/book section which give preliminary understanding of the day’s topic, and in the sessions, further knowledge on the subject matter is brought by the teacher as well as students. Active participation is mandatory. At the end of the course, the students will write an essay of 4-5 pages on the topic of their choosing, discussing a theme from the course (feminist interpretation, critical masculinity, sexuality, etc.) from their own musical interests. The course is meant for advanced or Master level students. Musicology and/or international (PPCS, Erasmus) students will be given priority.

Admission: 12 students. Registretion via e-mail to anna-elena.paakkola@utu.fi

Teacher responsible

Anna-Elena Pääkkölä


Numeric 0-5.

Further information

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