1- FAN | GIRL: Empowering Feminized Popular Music Fan Practices in the Digital Era - Megan LaPierre, Queen’s University
1:30 PM, samedi 25 mai 2019 (2 heures)
Pause café 03:30 PM à 04:00 PM (30 minutes)
Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) - DS-1545
How do fandom practices in the digital era allow adolescent female fans to reclaim political agency and power from the popular music industry that has profited off of their exploitation since its inception? Through investigation of the historical lineage of the vilification of young women’s fandom practices in the realm of pop music, its resonances are crystal clear in the induced shame that continues today. I argue that the indeterminacy of the postmodern fan culture—dubbed the ‘New Economy of Fandom’ by Patryk Galuszka— perpetuated by social media enables new forms of engagement between fans and artists, fans and other fans, fans and the music industry, and fans and society at large. Inspired and connected by music, these young female-dominated fan communities have the potential to politically empower like-minded individuals for mobilization as agents of social change; harnessing a faculty that social media-driven women’s movements like Time’s Up and #MeToo have brought to the forefront.So much has been dependent on the subordinate role of women in music, reduced to hypersexual groupies or mindless teenyboppers, that the vitalness of women’s role is deemphasized in a vicious historical cycle heavily influenced by media representation. However, we are in a new age of media now; one where fan texts reign supreme. Teenage girls can still scream emphatically to express the elation that their favorite music incites, but moreover, these expressions can be elucidated into cultural products that have implications for identity construction, community building, and re-distributing the value of empathy.