"Errant Voices: Performances Beyond Measure" to take place April 29 & 30 at the Logan Center for the Arts

Painting by Robert Reiss with the text "Errant Voices Performances Beyond Measure"


"Errant Voices," a conference co-organized by Martha Feldman (Department of Music and Committee on Theater and Program Studies, University of Chicago), Bonnie Gordon (Department of Music, University of Virginia), and Kara Keeling (Department of Cinema and Media Studies, University of Chicago), will take place at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts on Friday, April 29 and Saturday, April 30. 

“Errant Voices: Performances Beyond Measure” explores voices that share in an attempt to escape their confines perforce or by choice, taking as its three main case studies trans*, raced, and castrato voices. This two-day, in-person conference will work to make sense of these voices, by turns insurgent and resilient, as ones that defy categorization, appearing at their most revealing in performances that are capacious and open, resisting description, norms, and even ontological certainty. Deborah Vargas (Associate Professor and Henry Rutgers Term Chair in Comparative Sexuality, Gender, and Race in the Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Rutgers University) will deliver the keynote,“El Grito: The Errant Cries of Mexicanidad.”

Participants from the Department of Music include:
Jessica Swanston Baker, Assistant Professor
Rachel Chery, PhD student
Martha Feldman, Ferdinand Schevill Distinguished Service Professor
Ruth HaCohen, Visiting Professor
Tomal Hossain, PhD student
Travis A. Jackson, Associate Professor 
Eva Pensis, PhD student

The complete list of participants, speaker abstracts, conference schedule, and registration link can be found on the conference website. Please note that registration is REQUIRED for attendance, as all events are in-person. Register here.

Learn more about the conference and the project participants, and read the conference abstracts on the "Errant Voices" website.

Day 1 Schedule
Day 2 Schedule

Painting by Robert Reiss, ca. 1960s
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