Feminism and Metal

  • Rosemary Lucy Hill (Organiser)
  • Florian Heesch (Organiser)

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An online symposium of international scholars discussing their research on the rise of feminism within heavy metal music.

Feminism has taken root in metal: Venom Prison, Svalbard, Feminazgul and others are making exciting new music using the genre's angry sounds to give voice to their feminist rage. Considering metal’s entrenched male dominance, this is an exciting surprise.

What does it mean for metal? Are metalheads finally coming to terms with the genre’s misogyny in order to work towards fulfilling its stated value of inclusivity? Does the slowly increasing participation of women in metal music transform their relation to feminism? Are feminist metal musicians bringing new approaches to the music that will change the sound of the genre?

What does taking a metal approach mean for feminism? What does metal help us to say about feminism, patriarchy, misogyny? What new aspects of our lives under patriarchy does it help us to understand?

This online symposium brings together scholars from the UK, France, USA and Germany to consider these questions. The symposium aims to create a supportive atmosphere for scholars to share their work in progress ideas, to gain feedback from scholars across national borders, and to enhance our understanding of feminism and metal.

Hosted by Dr Rosemary Lucy Hill, University of Huddersfield, UK and Univ.-Prof. Dr. Florian Heesch, Universität Siegen, Germany

Introduction by Rosemary Hill, Florian Heesch

Chaos Rising Panel with Imke von Helden, Britta Görtz, Catherine Fearns and Tina Gruschwitz

1) Yalda Yazdani: Music Between Creativity and Censorship in Post revolutionary Iran: An Ethnographic Research by Focusing on Musical Activities of Women Metal Singers in Tehran

2) Jasmine Shadrack: Denigrata, Research Boundaries, and Oversaturation

3) Joan Jocson-Singh: Vigilante Feminism

4) Aleksandar Golovin: Third wave feminism or self-objectification? The Great Kat and sexualised self-framing practices of female performers in heavy metal culture

5) Melissa Arkley: Let Us Be Angry! An Intersectional Analysis of Feminist Anger Expressed Through the Affective Labour of Female Extreme Metal Musicians

6) Charlène Bénard: Beyond Gender Studies : decompartmentalizing the study of women in metal. The example of the french symphonic metal scene (2014-2018)

7) Daniel Suer: (Feminist) Researcher Positionality, Self-Reflection, and Dance in Metal
Period15 Jun 2021
Event typeConference
Degree of RecognitionInternational