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Saturday, April 24 • 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Session Players/Latina Feminist Critics: Nine Songs for Public Health (Room B: Oscillator)

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Session Players/Latina Feminist Critics: Nine Songs for Public Health (Room B: Oscillator)

Licia Fiol-Matta, Deborah R. Vargas, and Alexandra T. Vazquez

At this roundtable we are both session players and Latina feminist critics. The session player is a position that we collectively aspire to, as one who can and must go where the work is, without the fanfare of fame or social media profile or, just as often, credit. They go undeterred from bringing everything they’ve got, doing it properly, or in the words of our poet laureate Tego Calderon, “Dai, pero elegante” to any assembly. The Latina feminist critic is less an identitarian position--we don’t want to distract ourselves or you with scars we’ve accumulated in battle—but more a shared repertoire that we’ve been lucky to play together for some years, across the scalene area of Texas Mexico, Cuba Florida, Puerto Rico New York, the multitudes that have entered and left it, and the attention their stories deserve and require--not for a special issue of race, gender, and place in music--but for being more attuned to life and the living.


Alexandra T. Vazquez

Associate Professor, Department of Performance Studies, New York University
Alexandra T. Vazquez is Associate Professor in the Department of Performance Studies at New York University. She is the author of The Florida Room (Duke 2022) and Listening in Detail: Performances of Cuban Music (Duke 2013).  Vazquez’s work has been featured in NPR's "Turning the... Read More →


Licia Fiol-Matta

Professor of Spanish and Portuguese, New York University
Licia Fiol-Matta grew up in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and is Professor of Spanish and Portuguese at New York University. She writes on Latin American and Latinx literary and cultural studies, women’s and gender studies, and music. Fiol-Matta is the author of A Queer Mother for the... Read More →
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Deborah R. Vargas

Deborah R. Vargas is Associate Professor and The Henry Rutgers Term Chair in Comparative Sexuality, Gender, and Race at Rutgers University. She is the author of Dissonant Divas in Chicana Music: The Limits of La Onda (University of Minnesota Press) and co-editor with Nancy Raquel... Read More →

Saturday April 24, 2021 2:30pm - 3:45pm PDT
Room B: Oscillator