The 2nd F-List Gender in Music Research Conference

RESEARCHERS’ IDENTITIES IN MUSIC: Gender and Intersectionality of Characteristics

Wednesday, 24 May 2023

Hosted by the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance (in London)

And Sponsored by the Independent Society of Musicians

The F-List Research Hub aims to expand and better introduce the existing feminist and interdisciplinary collective of researchers, dedicated to evidence-led activism which aims to create an environment in which women and gender diverse people in the music industries will be able to more successfully start and sustain their music careers for longer.

The Theme

Identity is a central theme in feminist research, which sees ‘who we are’ intimately entangled with ‘what we research.’ The definition above is deliberately broad and (we hope) inclusive to all who seek to research gender issues in music. The programme outlined below has been prepared with the following guiding questions in mind:

  • How have you experienced divisions and overlaps between you as a person, researcher, practitioner, musician etc.?
  • What ethical dilemmas have you encountered in conducting your research?
  • What role does feminism have in your work (theory, method, community, etc)?
  • Are there under-represented categories of researchers that need better support through research?
  • Are there under-represented categories of artists that need to be at the centre of research projects, to better understand their role?
  • What is the role of research in activism?

The Research Hub follows an inclusive approach to research, where all types of researchers, including practice researchers, regardless of their stage of career, or research project. 


09:15-10:00          Registration (with Coffee)

10:00-10:30          Welcome Address (Daniel Green, ICMP)

10:30-11:30          Keynote: Professor Sophie Daniels (ICMP)

11:30-11:45           Break

11:45-13:15           Research Panel 1: Researcher’s Identities

Moderated by Dr Lia Mice (ICMP)

Saskhia Menendez, Trans & Non-Binary Inclusion in Music & Entertainment.

Dr Sarah K Whitfield, Enacting Queer Potential in Histories of Music (or ‘I never knew before I met you, that you could be an academic and dress like you’).

Natasha Hendry, Fitting in and Sticking Out: An exploratory study of the Whiteness of the school music curriculum and its effects on Global Majority musicians.

Jemma Roberts, The ADHD Music Producer: Is there a need to develop specific resources to support neurodivergent music creators in their careers?

13:15-14:15           Lunch (F-List Networking Event)

14:15-15:15           In Conversation with Deborah Annetts (ISM CEO), led by Vick Bain, discussing the research based activism of the ISM

15:15-15:30          Break

15:30-16:45          Research Panel 2: Equalising the Stage

Moderated by Estee Blu (The Creative Impact Research Centre Europe)

Vick Bain, Women’s Careers in Music; Initial Explorations and Emerging Themes.

Alexandria du Buclet; Exploring Black Feminism through the Music Industry.

Professor Samantha Parsley, Embodying the Patriarchy: The Generative Power of ‘Outing Myself’ as a Gender in Music Researcher.

Dr Metka Potocnik, Intersectionality and Feminism in Intellectual Property Law: Power and Social Justice Corrections.

16:45-17:00          Break

17:00-18:00          Research Panel 3: Emerging Researchers

Moderated by Daniel Green (ICMP)

Josh Edbrooke, Can the Taiwanese Indie/Rock/Band Scene provide useful lessons in terms of increasing gender equality in music?

Laura Casas Cambra, 251 Women: Investigating the Interwar Generation of Women Composers at the Royal College of Music

18:00-20:00          F-List Networking, with Music