Book Launch: The Routledge Research Companion to Popular Music and Gender

The first Research Seminar of the semester will feature the launch of the new international anthology,The Routledge Research Companion to Popular Music and Gender (New York. Routledge, 2017),  edited by Stan Hawkins and published this year.



1. Welcome (Nanette Nielsen, Head of Research)


2. Overview of the book  (prof. Stan Hawkins)


3. Guest lecture by Phil Purvis: In Support of Gendered Musicology: A Poulenc Case Study


4. Panel and Q&A (including any of the contributors present and editor)




Why is gender inseparable from pop songs? What can gender representations in musical performances mean? Why are there strong links between gender, sexuality and popular music? The sound of the voice, the mix, the arrangement, the lyrics and images, all link our impressions of gender to music. Numerous scholars writing about gender in popular music to date are concerned with the music industry’s impact on fans, and how tastes and preferences become associated with gender. This is the first collection of its kind to develop and present new theories and methods in the analysis of popular music and gender. The contributors are drawn from a range of disciplines including musicology, sociology, anthropology, gender studies, philosophy, and media studies, providing new reference points for studies in this interdisciplinary field. Stan Hawkins’s introduction sets out to situate a variety of debates that prompts ways of thinking and working, where the focus falls primarily on gender roles. Amongst the innovative approaches taken up in this collection are: queer performativity, gender theory, gay and lesbian agency, the female pop celebrity, masculinities, transculturalism, queering, transgenderism and androgyny. This Research Companion is required reading for scholars and teachers of popular music, whatever their disciplinary background.


Music scholars working in Scandinavia are well represented in the anthology, including:

Eirik Askerøi

Kai Arne Hansen

Marita B. Djupvik

Birgitte Sandve

Tor Dybo

Tami Gadir

Jon Mikkel Broch Ålvik

Erik Steinskog


Guest lecturer Phil Purvis

Currently the Director of Music at d’Overbroeck’s, Oxford, Philip holds undergraduate, masters and doctoral degrees from the University of Lancaster and a PGCE from the University of Cumbria. In 2015, he was awarded a Fellowship of the Royal Society of Arts.  Philip writes on issues of gender and sexuality in different musical contexts. His first book Masculinity in Opera (Routledge, 2013) was nominated for both the Philip Brett and AMS Best Edited Collection Awards. Philip’s second book, Music & Camp, co-edited with Christopher Moore (University of Ottawa) will be published by Wesleyan University Press in early 2018. Philip is also working on a Routledge Research Companion on Music & War with Rachel Moore (University of Oxford). Recently, he has examined for the University of Cambridge and national Music GCSE and A level exam boards. 

Published July 24, 2017 3:31 PM - Last modified Mar. 13, 2019 9:11 AM