Shana Goldin-Perschbacher

Shana Goldin-Perschbacher (Ph.D. 2008 UVA) is Stanford’s first Queer Studies Postdoc, was a Mellon Fellow, and taught LGBTS at Yale. She theorizes identity and affect through analysis of sonic, visual, film, and social media and is writing Sincerely Queer: Musical Gender Transgression at the Turn of the Millennium.



"Sincerity in the City: Transnational Musical Collaboration Post 9/11"

Sincerity is an unlikely aesthetic for queer resistance. Likewise, to most city dwellers, earnestness smacks of naïvety. But over the last twenty years, several singer-songwriters, who frame their challenges to identity stereotypes with sincerity, have found New York City a space for community, creativity, and refuge. After 9/11, while the rest of the country xenophobically lashed out and tried to seal our borders, these New York-based musicians followed Judith Butler’s implausible advice – the only way to make the world safer is to become more vulnerable.

Protesting the 21st Century culture of war, Antony, Björk, and Meshell Ndegeocello, musicians born outside the U.S. who reached the pinnacle of their popularity here, reached out to musicians from non-Western countries. Björk’s interest beyond her usual Nordic and/or DJ partners to work with Toumani Diabate and Min Xiao-Fen on Volta (2007), Ndegeocello’s collaboration with Oumou Sangare in her musical struggle with Islam, feminism, and the popular music industry on The World Has Made Me The Man of My Dreams (2007), and Antony’s celebration of Kazuo Ohno and queer environmentalist world-making on The Crying Light (2010) go beyond the typical appropriative relationships between Western music and its Others. These projects explore the political viability of communal musical vulnerability. In conversation between affect and transnationalism, this paper uses these transnational collaborations to open a musical channel exploring the potential promise of vulnerable cosmopolitanism and queer sincerity.

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