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Marlon Bailey

Marlon Bailey is an Assistant Professor of Gender Studies at Indiana University. He earned his PhD in African Diaspora Studies at the University of California-Berkeley. Currently, he is working on a book manuscript that expands his performance ethnographic study of Ballroom Culture, a Black and Latina/o queer culture in North America. Butch Queens up in Pumps: Gender, Performance, and Ballroom Culture in Detroit, is under contract with the University of Michigan Press.

 

Abstract:

"Sex and the City: Foundation, Eclecticism, and Memory within the Sounds of Detroit"

Panel session with Carleton S. Gholz, Rebekah Farrugia, Kellie Hay, Denise Dalphond, and Marlon Bailey. Sex and the City: Foundation, Eclecticism, and Memory within the Sounds of Detroit This panel responds to the conference’s call to examine the relationship between sound and city with a special ear towards sexuality and gender. Specifically, our panelists provide current case studies in Detroit sound using ethnographic, oral history, and archival methods. These case studies provide aural snap-shots into a complicated Detroit soundscape where the cultural success of any one particular struggle -- whether to provide a space for women in hip hop, to create for a diverse audience, or musically memorialize the life of a dear friend -- is far from guaranteed. Taken together we hope that the panel’s collective research will help better identify the stakes in making and remaking musical community in Detroit as well as provide an opportunity to reflect on our own intellectual process as scholar / activists.